EL PASO PLAYHOUSE INC

Rating: 4.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2501 Montana Ave El Paso TX 79903 USA

Mission: The El Paso Playhouse is a community theatre that provides entertainment and educational experiences to a diverse multicultural population through the high quality production of plays and theatrical events. The Playhouse provides a venue for artists, technicians, patrons and community members to participate in the arts through regularly scheduled season productions, children’s performances and holiday performances. We have lived off of the participation of our volunteers, patrons and on-going support from the community over the past half a century.
Target demographics: provide quality, community theater to El Paso and its surrounding areas.
Direct beneficiaries per year: the Center Against Family Violence, WestStar Food Bank and other local charities.
Geographic areas served: El Paso, Texas
Programs: A variety of dramas, comedies and seasonal shows throughout a season that begins in June and lasts till May of the next year.

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Rating: 4 stars  

For over 50 seasons now The El Paso Playhouse faithfully offers witty comedies, passionate dramas, gut wrenching, and moving performances by uniting volunteer community members from ages 8-80 to serve as Actors, Singers, Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians, Costume Designers, Seamstress', Prop Artists, Make-up Artist, Comedians, Set builders, Theatre Technicians, Custodians, Opening Night cooks, Servers, Concession stand attendees, stage hand assistants, Directors, Producers, & Secretaries. As a single mother of two high functioning Autistic children, my family and I may have started out as community patrons but we willingly and eagerly have chosen to stay on in Gratitude for this Nonprofit Organization because they found a place for each of us to serve together alongside with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If we could make any changes to this magnificently diverse nonprofit organization we would hope for increased ample well-lit parking space for patrons and out of town guests. As The Playhouse continues to grow their lightning system, sound boards, electrical wiring, two dressing rooms, restroom plumbing with large sinks for performers to safely clean off their make-up, auditorium seats, a mini cafe, and costume, prop & storage spaces are much needed for all they tirelessly give of themselves.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great place to experience the theater, lol; for El Paso by El Paso, where the community comes together to entertain and teach our city

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not the organization but the location with new fixtures to put on greater shows

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I first came to the El Paso Playhouse in 2003 to watch a show. Six months later, in the summer of 2004 I was in my first production there. Since then, I have been in over 25 productions as director, actor, producer, technician, etc... I became a Board Member in 2006 and have been Vice-President for three years. This theatre is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving El Paso for over 45 years. From day one, I have seen the dedication and passion that its volunteers have, always leaving room for improvement. Always trying to surpass expectations and provide the best quality shows ranging from dramas to comedies, murder mysteries, musicals and children's shows. Its volunteers are the life and blood of the theatre and it is thanks to them and the dedicated and loyal patrons that the EPPH is still standing. The doors are always open to the public, welcoming people who are interested in volunteering. May it be for set construction, concessions, backstage assistants or acting. No one is turned away. For the past six years, the El Paso Playhouse has been my home. And its Board Members, volunteers and employee are my family. It has been cheer bliss to have the opportunity to learn and grow in this artistic and inspirational atmosphere. I believe this theatre is an El Paso treasure that will stand the test of time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the time and dedication its volunteers put into the success of this wonderful theatre.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the size of the building, in order to bring in more people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their doors are always open to new people. Everyone is willing to lend a hand and help you learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and devoted. Passionate about their contribution.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make its building much larger and provide the best entertainment to everyone in the Borderland and from all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about the Playhouse, if the word was spread.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that money is scarce. They live on donations and grants given by wonderful people and organizations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have changed as a person and as an artist by working with the wonderful people that walk through its doors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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