The 4th Wall is the transparent barrier separating the actors from the audience.
The company was born in 1994 with productions of The Princess Who Would Not Smile, Rumpelstiltskin, Lovers and Liars, Who Shot Cupid?, Home For The Holidays (an originally written WWII Stage Door Canteen), as well as improvisational murder mysteries and cabarets performed at various venues in the tri-state area. At the Masonic Hall in Newburgh, Funny Valentines opened at the Ballroom Theatre, with The Odd Couple (Female Version), Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Spring Cleaning, and Murder at the Hard Corpse Café playing there soon after. Founding members then went their separate ways, working on Broadway, in regional theaters, and Directing and Stage Managing shows for Madison Square Garden, MTV, VH-1, and Nickelodeon. Reuniting in 2001, they revived the company at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, and there started their Summer Theatre Camp. Since then, programs at various venues in the Mid-Hudson Valley have included comedy, concerts, art, film festivals, performing arts classes, children’s programming, and main stage theatrical shows.
In 2016, 4th Wall was fan voted and won six of eight nominations in the “2016 BroadwayWorld Central New York Awards.” See the BWW annoucement (Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actress in Play, Best Play and Musical Director, and Best Musical)!
In 2020, 4th Wall won multiple Broadway World Awards: Best of the Decade including Best Arts Educator, Best Youth Theatre Camp/After School Program, Best Theatre Staff, Favorite Social Media, and Theatre Company Of The Decade.
2016: Finnegan’s Farewell (Broadway World Award Winner)
2015: Hedda Gabler, Seussical, The Musical, (Broadway World Award Winner) Steel Magnolias, OFF THE WALL, Almost, Maine
2014: Cheaper By The Dozen, Blithe Spirit, OFF THE WALL Improv Troupe, The Fantasticks, Farragut North, California Suite, Love Letters, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
2013: How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up Book, Ravenscroft, Proof, The Cocktail Hour, StinkyKids the Musical, God of Carnage, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
2012: Love Loss and What I Wore, PINKALICIOUS the Musical, The Gin Game, Ladies at the Alamo, reasons to be pretty, Fairy Tale Theater, Fuddy Meers, Finnegan’s Farewell, Art
2011: The Christmas Wish, An Inspector Calls, OFF THE WALL Improv, In the Next Room
2010: The Memory of Water, Frankenstein the Musical
2009: Into the Woods Book, Every Christmas Story Ever Told…and Then Some
2008: The Baker’s Wife, The Murder Room
2007: Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas!, All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,
2004: Seussical the Musical, Plaza Suite
2003: The Baltimore Waltz, The Jungle Book, Oliver!, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2002: The Fourth Wall, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Death Takes a Holiday, The Christmas Wish
2001: Jake’s Women