Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Sand Lake Center for the Arts - Circle Theatre Players is a not for profit multi-arts center located in an 1835 renovated, historically significant church in Sand Lake, Rensselaer County. With a mission to enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts and the visual arts the Center's activities promote the multidisciplinary arts and personal creative and artistic growth through presentation, education and participation. SLCA opened its door in 2003, after successfully renovating the building for handicap accessibility and public gatherings.

Circle Theatre Players, the resident award winning theatrical group celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010-11 with an assortment of workshops, theatrical productions, an anniversary event, and a world premier musical "Hart's Tavern".

The Squire Jacob Coffeehouse, which began in 2004, continues to provide fine acoustic music to our audiences with nationally and internationally recognized artists.

The Gallery at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts boasts an airy, light filled gallery and reception area featuring the original stained glass windows and host to eight exhibits annually.

Sundays at the Center, initiated in 2007, offers a family friendly arts event or activity on the first Sunday of each month. These include performances, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.

Summer Youth programming offers an extensive program of summer workshops for children, including arts, crafts, and theater.

Community collaboration with local groups – historical societies, libraries, town, schools, Scouts, Kiwanis; support the extensive, diverse cultural offerings at SLCA.

In addition, the Center is available to rent for classes, meetings, dances, concerts, private parties, weddings, displays, or your special needs. Our floor space is flexible for a variety of uses. It includes lobby space and a large room that can be configured for a coffeehouse atmosphere, meetings or open dance space. Contact our Executive Director, Debra Roy at 518-674-2007 or e-mail

Sand Lake Center for the Arts is an almost exclusively Volunteer organization and depends on the volunteer efforts of community members. If you’d like to take an active role, contact Shirley Neiss or Anna Church at or call 518-674-2007 to find out about the many and varied opportunities.