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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Mission Statement The mission of Prime Stage is to entertain, inspire and enrich through professional theater by bringing literature to life. Vision Enriching lives through theater and literacy with programs that deliver quantifiable results and benefits to the region.

Results: Creative, high quality public and student matinee performances ignite interest in reading books and the arts. Students share: “It helped me to enjoy books more and see details that I might not normally see. Teachers share: “Prime Stage enhanced my teaching methods. Not only did the students understand the literature, their confidence and test scores went through the roof as the year progressed. The experiences gave me creative insights on how to spark imagination in my students. My reluctant readers are more motivated to read and write.” A group leader from Summit Academy wrote: “You give us the opportunity to show them (not just to tell them) that there is a world beyond the one they’ve always known, a world beyond their neighborhood, a world beyond the choices they’ve always used to limit themselves.” And a patron shared: “I’ve been looking for a theater that stimulates thought and presents literature for my granddaughter and I and Prime Stage is it.” Teacher from Wesley Spectrum Academy - "Overall my students and I agree that this is a great program. I really enjoy the fact that this gives many of my students a chance to discover reading and the theater. A great deal of them do not have the means to do this in their free time nor do they know how to get involved in these types of activities. It is a great feeling having my students come up to me and tell me how excited they are about going or debating their feelings regarding the adaptation of the play/novel. The students always ask me if they are going to be the class that gets to go to the next play because they enjoy what is going on. I think that the selections have been great picks that are either relevant within society today or fit the curriculum that is being taught in the local schools."

Target demographics: students and adults discover enjoyment in literature through the theater.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 8,000 students and teachers discover enjoyment in literature and theater

Geographic areas served: Southwestern Pennsylvania

Programs: Produce 3 live theatrical productions with educational programming for middle and high school students, educators & families.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.