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Review for Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

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.

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?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Grizabella in CATS 2007.