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February 7, 2012
Downtown New Rochelle welcomes the PAC House Theater, an intimate performance space featuring music, comedy, cabaret, children’s productions, plays and other great entertainment events. Located at 311 Huguenot Street just off Division Street, in the historic Parish House adjacent to Trinity St. Paul’s Church, the PAC House Theater is convenient to parking and downtown’s many great restaurants; park your car once and enjoy a full evening of great entertainment and dining.
|PAC House Staff|
Eric Wodlin and Michael Hull
The PAC House Theatre is the latest venue creation by New Rochelle resident Eric Woodlin and his Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC. Eric began his career in the arts as a theater producer but most recently had worked with Kraft Foods and as a corporate event manager. While successful in business, Eric missed the arts. He decided to combine his business and arts careers and start Incoming Tide Entertainment while fishing (another of his many passions) the shores of the Atlantic and waiting for the incoming tide (hence the name of his new production company).
Reflecting on his decision to create a performance venue downtown, the PAC House Theater, Eric Woodlin stated, "New Rochelle is the perfect storm, combining new flavorful eateries, an eclectic arts scene and cultural diversity. It’s only a matter of time until our City becomes a very hip place to be. The new buzz is 'transit oriented mixed use development'. Well, I'm doing my part to create attractions for New Rochelle downtown near the train station. We're attracting 50% of our guests from surrounding towns which is a true sign that New Rochelle is on the go!"
Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC produces performing and visual arts entertainment and organizes and manages all aspects of special events and festivals such as the Spare Change Comedy Tour, Appetizers Short Play Festival and the Incoming Tide Performing Arts Festival. Eric Woodlin also enjoys working with communities to establish successful arts venues. A recent success has been his work with the City of New Rochelle to establish a seasonal, open air, staged venue at the City’s Wildcliff Manor property overlooking Echo Bay. Eric has now expanded to downtown with the development of the PAC House Theater as an indoor, 100 + seat performance and arts space complete with a proscenium stage, lighting and sound system.
Their season has started to rave reviews with a performance by the Helen Sung's Electric Company Jazz Quintet. She was named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the “Who’s Got Next Jazz Musicians to Watch” (Jet Magazine, 8/11). Following the concert, New Rochelle resident James E. Gaskin declared, “World class jazz came to New Rochelle. It was quite a treat for jazz lovers to hear Helen Sung and her group perform. The PAC House theatre is a wonderful space. I am looking forward to future events there. Thanks to Eric, PAC House is filling a void that was missing in New Rochelle for many years."
His sentiments were expressed by others who came to the concert, part of the stirring PAC House "Women in Music Concert: series including New Rochelle residents Inga and Sam Watkins who attended with their daughter. They noted, "The Helen Sung concert was fantastic. We are so excited with what Eric is doing at the PAC House Theater. Eric is bringing top-level talent right to our backyard. Knowing that we could be home in 10 minutes was an added bonus. We brought our 11-year-old daughter who enjoyed herself immensely. We have been telling all of our friends and look forward to attending the next PAC House event."
The season will continue this Saturday, February 11th, with a concert by urban, folk and jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist KJ Denhert. Combine that with dinner downtown and you have a perfect way to celebrate with your Valentine. Join the fun right here in downtown New Rochelle.
Other upcoming events can be seen at www.IncomingTideEntertainment.com. For information contact:
Eric Woodlin, Producer
Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC