Prime Stage Theatre

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 99446 Pittsburgh PA 15233 USA

Mission: The mission of Prime Stage is to entertain, educate, and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of theatre and literature. We accomplish the mission by producing adaptations of literature and works that address literacy and topics of adolescence, provide opportunities for young people to participate in the creation and presentation of theatre, and celebrate the achievements of young people and adults.
Programs:

 a) Artistic –Three main stage adaptations of literature for the general public and student matinees, as well as a community outreach project by our Teen Advisory Board.

 

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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!! :) :) :)

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

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

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!

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?

2003-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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