Yonderbarn was founded in 2016 by director/cinematographer Conor Stratton, a New York City native who spent his childhood summers right here in Monticello.
After years of teaching cinematography at ESRA International Film School in NYC and working in the city's robust independent film community, Conor decided to return to Sullivan County to pursue his dream of producing and directing his own films.
Finding the barn was serendipitous ― the space had already been converted into an audio recording studio by its previous owners, who outfitted the original barn with state-of-the-art recording and lighting equipment: perfect for the beginnings of a performing and digital arts studio.
A Family Endeavor
A Family Endeavor
A clan of writers, musicians, and creators of all kinds, the Stratton/Collins family has embraced Yonderbarn for all of their own artistic pursuits, while founding Yonderbarn LLC as a means of giving back to the ever-expanding arts community of Sullivan County.
Yonderbarn has been designed as a versatile space for artists of all mediums: dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and visual artists will draw inspiration from the scenic landscape and forests, and find space to create in our warm and rustic 2,000 square foot studio.
Conor Stratton has been making films for nearly two decades, as a director, cinematographer and gaffer. His films have been screened at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC, and featured in film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Take Two and Insomnia. He has taught cinematography and pre-production workshops at ESRA International Film School since 2009, supervising production on more than twenty student films.
Callison Stratton is an accomplished singer, songwriter and arts educator, who has lived and taught in New York City, Rhode Island, Ireland and Montana. She is the co-founder of the non-profit humanities organization The Root & The Bloom Collective, and teaches in museums around New York City. She has a Master's degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College, Dublin.
Owner/ Operator/ Mother
Cass Collins was raised in New York City, and has been a part-time resident of Sullivan County for over 30 years. She serves on the Board of NACL, is a member of the Upper Delaware Valley Writers Collective, and has been the voice behind the award-winning River Muse column (The River Reporter) for nearly 20 years. She has appeared in dozens of theatrical and film productions in New York City and upstate.
Yonderbarn sits on 5.1 acres of land in Monticello, NY, a village that has seen many ups and down through tough financial times. The growing arts and cultural scene in our region has contributed to the economic elevation of our communities. Yonderbarn aims to be a part of this growth, drawing tourism and artistic activity to Monticello and Sullivan County, with the goal of making this region the ultimate destination for arts and culture in upstate New York.