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September 24, 2013

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September 24, 2013

Tickets for Kids Charities has partnered with Prime Stage Theatre for many years on a program called Performance 360: A Celebration of Reading. This program allows in-need and at-risk teens served by TFK to have a unique interactive experience that combines literature and performing arts. The benefits of this program go far beyond the time spent watching the wonderful performance each year at the New Hazlett Theater. We are deeply grateful to Wayne Brinda and his talented team for including TFK kids in their world of creativity & joy!

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

Change nothing. Job well done every time.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I came to Prime Stage with my daughter to see a play 5 years ago and we both got "hooked". My daughter watched young actors playing out a story and she said "I want to do that"! She auditioned for a show, got the part and the rest is history, so to say. My volunteering started with helping to decorate the window for a display for the play, then ushering, then selling concessions, to being an advisor for the teen board and to now to be able to say "Proud Board Member". I have watched my daughter grow with her involvement with Prime Stage - her poise, her independent nature, her interest in literature and now her community service project in helping to bring awareness about teen dating violence to her peers. The atmosphere created by the people involved with Prime Stage has been very positive and nurturing of all the teen's individual skills and talents while helping to bring literature to life for middle school students and their families. I believe in what the company is trying to do and highly recommend involvement in any way!

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

that I have grown as a mother, person and a more out-spoken leader in my community.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

Prime Stage has been the place that helped me to grow to be the person I am today! I started with Prime Stage in December 1997 when I was 15 years old. First as an actor then I grew into other roles leading up to Stage Manager. Wayne Brinda particularly saw in me (and others!) the gifts we had to offer, and cultivated those things. I would NEVER have imagined myself as a Stage Manager - I was shy and Stage Managing requires a LOT of responsibilty... but Wayne/Prime Stage saw in me something more! At age 17 I stage managed my first show - through their mentorship, ecouragement,and support I came to love this job over all the others! (yes, even compared to being onstage!) Stage Managing required me to grow a lot in order to take charge like I needed to - and now today being married and raising two kids - I can apply the skills I learned while Stage Managing!!! Another aspect of Prime Stage that I am grateful for is there attention to making sure it is a family friendly place. Because young kids were apart of every show, workers were required "keep it clean" while kids were around. The family atmosphere was awesome too - many workers (backstage and onstage) returned for several shows, and in each show a new family was made. These are people I still cherish today and have not found such close relationships since. Thank you prime stage for one of the greatest experience of my life!!! If I weren't living in Illinois I would still be involved!! :) :) :)

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

young kids coming to see the plays through schools then wanting to get involved...

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

ask Wayne what to do!!! His vision from the start has been spot on and he has stuck to it!

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

the family that was created in all who were involved

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

AMAZING PEOPLE! I loved them all!

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

continue to reach the public with it's wonderful stories! The visions of this organization are all to server the minds of youth, families, and EVERYONE with great thoughts and stories!

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't decided to go to college in another state, since I had to stop working at prime stage :)

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

Bigger production companies taking over, the city's constant changing of locations they can use, and less funding for the arts...

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

those who carry on the torch must keep the vision alive for theatre for YOUTH AND FAMILIES, it is very rare any more to find these types of things that keep in mind the innocence of youth!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Prime Stage is a breath of fresh air. It gives parents, children and non partent adults, a venue for theater that is classic and professional. They do so much, for theater and liturature education, for the youth of the Greater Pittsburgh area. They sponsor educational and writing programs for youth and plays that they can work on and in. This organization is professional and ethical in it's dealings with the community, and always considers the community wheather producing a play or sponsoring a program for the youth of the area. They are education orinented, and work hard to supply educational programs for the inner city population, black and white, Jew and Gentile alike. It is a great organization.

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

the eys of inner city children watching liturature come alive right in front of them.

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

Knock the socks off of the Theater Community of Pittsburgh

Ways to make it better...

I had not been forced to move.

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

Lack of funds.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Prime Stage Theater's goal to bring literatur to life is evidenced by their play selections and subsequent productions. I have attended their productions over the past 10 years and have never been disappointed by their professionalism and interpretation of the literature; they have always provided an exceptional experience. The educational outreach to the underserved communities thorugh their "Adopt a School" Program and student matinees provides an invaluable experience to these students which will last a lifetime. Their Teen Board and Mentor Program is an extension of their dedication to youth in the community with an interest and love for literature and theater.

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

the student matinee performances. Some students attending had never seen a live performance before and after reading the literature and seeing it performed, it provided many of these students with a captivating and memorable experience.

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

their outreach to the underserved community exposing them to literature and theater at the same time.

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

expand their program to reach more students and othe individuals. They could increase the literacy of youths in our community by providing them the opportunity to not only read but see a directors interpretation of written word.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Prime Stage is the only theatre in Southwestern PA that effectively blends its artistic and educational missions to address adolescent literacy. The high quality of its productions along with the high quality of its educational programs contribute to the company's success. Also, while some national theatres do occasional programs for teens, Prime Stage is fully committed with all its productions and programs to satisfy the interests of teens with its Teen Advisory Board and other programs. The company also helps teachers motivate and improve the reading skills of underserved middle and high school students. This company is truly a cultural and educational asset.

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

productions and in classrooms

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

how it consistently meets its mission.

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

professional, energetic, and very knowlegeable about the field and working with adolescents.

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

reach more young people and motivate them to read more books and see more theatre.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 3, 2009

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August 3, 2009

Prime Stage's productions feature strong casts, excellent direction, and an intimate setting. I enjoy seeing theater up close. I can see an actor flex his jaw muscles; I can feel the air shake when someone shouts or cries. Prime Stage really lets you experience the play.

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

the high quality of their productions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 2, 2009

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July 2, 2009

Prime Stage provides valuable services to underpriviledged youth in the Pittsburgh region through their education programs. I truly believe in their mission to entertain, educate, and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of theatre and literature.They address adolescent literacy with theatrical adaptations of literature,new plays, and educational programs. Their Adopt-a-School Program, along with Resource Guides, Student Matinee Program, “Chat Sessions,” Teacher Workshops, and Technical Theater Mentor Program and Teen Board help make theater and literature relevant, comprehensible, and enjoyable to middle school and high school educators, students, and their families.

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

The eyes of the adolescent audience during and after productions in the chat sessions

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

The professional adaptations of the plays they produce

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

Reach a larger regional audience

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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