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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:




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Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill:

"Why Theatre?"

Since the days of cave dwellers, human beings have soothed, inspired, frightened and delighted themselves with storytelling. From this drive to chronicle human history through spoken word and movement came the art form of Theatre. Now, in the digital age, there are other means of storytelling – so what is the purpose of Theatre? In this presentation, Maggie will discuss some different thoughts on the place of theatre in modern times – and take us on a journey from script to stage to explore the creative process for some of the celebrated productions at Capital Rep.

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill is the Producing Artistic Director at Cap Rep. Maggie has directed more than 100 productions and has worked on, off, off-off Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the US. Since 1995, Maggie has served as Producing Artistic Director for theREP, where her favorite productions include the world premiere of Grand View, Nora, Taming of the Shrew, Red, He Loves Me, Outside Mullingar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Race, My Fair Lady, The Trip to Bountiful, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Crucible, Intimate Apparel, Metamorphoses, Terra Nova and recently Ring of Fire. Maggie directed Allan Knee’s Syncopation for theREP, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and last spring for Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to her directing work, Maggie has authored and co-authored plays for theREP’s On the Go touring productions for young audiences, including Sleepy Hollow, Pure Poe, A Christmas Carol, They Built America: The Immigrants Who Built the Erie Canal, Friend of a Friend: African American Heroes: Underground Heroes in the Capital Region (with Jill Rafferty) and Henry H: The Perplexing Case of Henry Hudson (with Maureen Aumand).
Before her tenure at theREP, Maggie served as Producing Director of Urban Stages in NYC, as Artistic Director for Theatre Under Glass in Denver and worked on the staffs of The Women’s Project and Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. She has taught acting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and master acting seminars for the Capital Region Center for the Arts. Maggie received a Directors Project Fellowship from the Drama League of New York and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.


Sunday, December 9th, 2018


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.

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