Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Rating: 4.81 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 327 S Main Street Pittsburgh PA 15220 USA

Mission: PMT is committed to its mission of providing quality, affordable musical theater to the Pittsburgh region, to educating youth in the arts and to employing and developing local talent.  
Results: PMT considers the youth of our organization to be our most valuable asset. Placing their education at the center of our programming has enabled a philosophy of “continuity of training that is tested regularly in performance’” to gain traction. This philosophy has proved effective in producing disciplined, prepared individuals. A small staff with a strong commitment to our mission provides a foundation of focus and flexibility. This allows PMT to meet challenges with an eye for quick action to adapt. PMT is considered the home away from home by most of our students and graduates. Because of our small size there has been a ‘family’ feel to our culture, where young talent is nurtured and graduates return regularly to act, direct, and teach. Seeing 1200 students completely focused on a live theatrical production and cheering at its conclusion confirms our mission. This happens regularly over the course of the season. Watching our young talent mature into seasoned performers ready to excel in either higher education or the professional world is a measure of PMT’s success. Knowing that the majority of our students will apply the discipline, heart, and knowledge they have gained through their association with PMT to a wide range of professions validates the basic PMT process as a builder of good citizens. Seeing dozens of our graduates from the 90s building careers on Broadway, film, and TV validates PMT’s musical theater education as a promoter of the next generation of theatrical artists.  Seeing grandparents with their grandchildren and large families attending a cultural activity on a regular basis validates PMT’s mission to provide high quality, affordable musical theater to the Pittsburgh community.
Target demographics: Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s mission statement provides the basis for its artistic vision. PMT is committed to providing quality musical theater at an affordable price, to educating youth, and to developing and promoting local talent. Thus, artistic decisions are made with PMT’s student and audience demographics in mind. Our goal is to combine local seasoned professionals and career-oriented younger artists to produce quality musicals.  Accessible materials with compelling themes that play well to our middle and working class audiences are a driving force. As well, musicals that provide opportunities for our high school and college age students, and musicals that support educational goals in the public schools demand attention.  Overall, we see artistic value in leveraging what is best in our professional company to support our educational programs. Maintaining a pricing point that allows all citizens to experience the joy of a musical performed in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District continues to inspire our vision.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our Students and Local Professionals we employee
Geographic areas served: Allegheny,Beaver,Butler,Mercer,Washington,Greene
Programs: Pre College Program Transitions ProgramSaturday ProgramStudent Matinee ProgramOutreach Programs
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

In 2007, I played the role of Grizabella in PMT's CATS. I did not receive my equity card, which would have been okay, but I only got $500 for two weeks of rehearsals and the run of the show. As a single mother and professional artist, I am a little disturbed that PMT, where I grew up training to be an actress.singer.dancer, has failed as a non-profit organization to give me the opportunity to move forward in life. I am a bit unsure about the organization because when I approached Mr. Peter Smith, the director of RENT, he told me that he hadn't seen me perform in 12 years. I thought that 2007 was only two years ago? I am grateful for the teachers I had growing up with Gargaro Productions and PMT, however, I am disapointed that they are promoting as a non-profit when EQUITY Actors are being cast over Non-Equity. There is a pattern that needs to end.

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

Having been employed as an a teaching artist and a performer, since childhood.

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

The constant casting of the same individuals is unfair and not really representing PMT in a non-profit for greater good light to The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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

After growing up with Ken Gargaro as my teacher, it was a rite of passage to come back to PMT after training at The University of the Arts and being allowed to bring my perspective to parts of the role of Grizabella.

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

PMT's shows have far more artistic integrity than those done at CLO. If PMT had such funding, I believe the theater scene in Pittsburgh would expand in a way that would positively financially affect Pittsburgh.

Ways to make it better...

I had been offered my EQUITY CARD, which, could have easily been done.

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

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

Thank you to Anthony Marino for all that he has taught me and for giving me the chance to have the final bow. I owe so much to my teachers. Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Pittsburgh Musical Theater has provided my children with a well rounded education and friendships they will have for life. It is a Wonderful Organization to be a part of.

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

OUTSTANDING

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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