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Asylum Productions

Performances & Workshops for your Theatre, School or Institution!

Asylum Productions provides artistic content and services for television, theatre, film, the internet and delivers educational services related to those platforms. We provide residencies at our upstate New York studio retreat and location rentals.


You want to be an artist?

You have to be committed.

Welcome to The Asylum.


Judy Tate

Judy Tate, director of Asylum Productions, LLC, is a four-time Emmy award winning writer, a producer, actor and Teaching Artist. She has been a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre for over 25 years. Her plays, productions and/or workshops include Fast Blood (EST, Passage Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Lark, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Civic Ensemble); Slashes of Light (EST Going to the River, CAP21, The Black and Latino Playwrights Festival and The Kitchen Theatre); Sex in the Kitchen (EST Octoberfest, CAP21), The Point and  Mistaken for Genius (The Women’s Project Lab) and In the Parlour (The National Theatre, London; Civic Ensemble/the Kitchen Theatre).

Theatre awards include: Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship; the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award; and Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award (Honoured Finalist). Her television writing includes Another World, Days of Our Lives and As the World Turns. She’s won 4 daytime Emmys and a Writers’ Guild of America award. She is the producing artistic director of The American Slavery Project and the founding artistic director of Stargate Theatre Company a work-readiness theatre project for justice-involved young men produced by Manhattan Theatre Club's education program.

Studio Retreat

The Asylum Productions studio is located on one acre of wooded property at the nothern foot of the Catskill Mountains.  Creative work happens here from writing retreats to extended residencies.  The studio can be rented for the purpose of retreat or as a film location.

Rehearsal & Development Space

With 1500 Square Feet including a 20x40 workshop space for readings, movement and rehearsal, a communal writing space and separate desks, Asylum Studios provides a perfect developmental space outside of New York City.


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Left: Judy Tate and American Slavery Project Dramaturge, Shawn Rene Graham at the Asylum Productions  annual gathering.

Structured Writing Retreats


"... a great balance between quiet, isolated sustained writing time and the writing exercises "playtime" and stirring conversation that stimulates writing.  The beautiful studio has wonderful outdoor and indoor serene nooks for writing, gathering thoughts and tackling creative challenges. Joining in the cooking for meals offered a great time to get to know the other writers creating a comfortable and open environment for reading and exchanging work at the end of the retreat.  I look forward to joining  another writers retreat very soon!"

---  Simone Barros, 2013 participant

Film Location


Asylum Productions Studio has been the host location  to several small budget film productions.


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