2017 Top Ten Moments

Philadelphia Theatre Company invites you to join us as we

Count down to the New Year!

Each year is a gift, and 2017 was a year of change and renewal for PTC.
We would like to close our the year by sharing our Top 10 Ten Favorite Moments from 2017!

10 – Comedy Collaborations
9 – The New Normal in Arts Journalism
8 – Sing-A-Long For The Holidays
7 – The Greenfield Fellows
6 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
5 – 10th Anniversary of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre
4 – Kathleen Turner’s Cabaret
3 – New Board Members
2 – New Leadership
1 – See And Be Scene

Comedy Collaborations

We hosted Philly’s funniest improvist Bobbi Block from Tongue and Groove, Don Montrey from Comedy Sportz, and Greg Maughan from Philly Improv Theater for a Very Funny Happy Hour in our lobby before the 8PM show of Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Co. Everyone who attended was entered to win one of ten giveaway packages comprised of free classes and tickets to future shows at Tongue and Groove, Comedy Sportz and PHIT Comedy!

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The New Normal In Arts Journalism

On November 11th, we offered a panel discussion on theatre journalism in conjunction with Mike Daisey’s two monologues This is Not Normal and The End of Journalism, featuring Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune), Michael Riedel (NY Post and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway), Wendy Rosenfield (Broad Street Review), John Moore (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), and John Timpane (Philadelphia Inquirer), hosted by playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

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Sing-A-Long For The Holidays

Last week, we welcomed hundreds of families for a special event – A Dream Is A Wish: Princess Holiday Concert! It was also a ‘relaxed’ performance that welcomed children with autism or sensory or emotional sensitivities.

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The Greenfield Fellows

Thanks to a generous grant from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, we are deep into Phase II of The Albert M. Greenfield Fellowship.  The three dynamic and creative individuals who comprise the second cohort of the Albert M. Greenfield Teaching Artist Fellows are Olivia Harris, Jarrett McCreary, and Michelle Pauls. The focus of the fellowship is on specialized work within the community, with populations that are under-represented and projects that expand the boundaries of where and how teaching artists work.

Meet The Fellows

Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris

“I came to the Albert M. Greenfield Fellowship having used theatre to engage communities and teach life skills, particularly healthy relationship skills and feminist organizing. I was (and continue to be) interested in partnering with direct service providers to infuse curriculum with role-play and engagement activities using theatrical tools.

“In my first year as a Greenfield Fellow, I prioritized building partnerships, sharing curricula, and engaging young people. I arranged a professional development sharing with Educators from Women Against Abuse (WAA), which developed into a curriculum partnership in Fall 2017. We collaborated on curriculum for an 8-week residency at Hope Partnership for Education with graduates of their middle school program. The students have been very responsive, willing to jump into new territory and excited to return every week.”

Jarrett McCreary

Jarrett McCreary

“In the past, my fellowship has consisted of mostly development via research and interviews. I’ve met with political official Malcolm Kenyatta, Author Rorie Still and more about their positions in the community and the need for exploring black joy workshops and cultivation. They have helped me to decipher the meaning behind my idea and the types of curriculum I could create to be able to document these important experiences.

“With that curriculum in hand, my next step is to present it to First Person Arts for possible collaboration under the umbrella of behavioral health. It would be an in-depth look at not only the joyous stories we as black people forget to acknowledge, but the parachute l psyche behind that subconscious choice.”

Michelle Pauls

Michelle Pauls

“Through my project with the Greenfield Fellows at PTC, I am exploring how theatre can support end-of-life decision-making, communication and care.

“In a society that struggles with the medical community, its own fears and the lack of understanding of what is available for a good death, I want to educate, enlighten and empower people to make choices in line with their core values. This work is designed for the theatre shaman to help those willing to find comfort and a sense of control around their (inevitable) death and important issues associated with the end of life.”

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

We partnered with the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to produce Wrestling Jerusalem.  Special programming was created around the play in the form of panel discussions and student performances.  We were thrilled to host Student Night, Jewish Community Night, and Interfaith Night alongside the JCRC.

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10th Anniversary of Suzanne Roberts Theatre

We celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on April 24 with a Gala honoring Sara Garonzik and Suzanne Roberts for their contributions in growing PTC into a major regional theatre on the Avenue of the Arts!

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Kathleen Turner’s Cabaret

On September 25th, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre stage was transformed into a nightclub! Kathleen Turner took the stage with the World Premiere of her Cabaret, Finding My Voice.

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New Board Members

We welcomed seven new board members to the PTC family! [Top left to right] Dennis Bianchi (VP/General Manager of Fox29-TV), Jessica Dean (Co-Anchor CBS3 Eyewitness News), Gary A. Deutsch (Chief Counsel, Mortgage Litigation, PNC Bank), [Bottom left to right] Stephanie B. Fineman (Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP Attorneys at Law), Holly Flanagan (Managing Director, Gabriel Investments), Geoffrey A. Kahn (Chair, Ballard Spahr Litigation Department), and Zac Kline (Playwright).

We were also delighted to announce new artistic advisory board members [not pictured] Harold Wolpert (Non-profit Arts Consultant) and Daryl Roth (Broadway Producer).

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New Leadership

Paige Price and Emily Zeck take the lead! The PTC family welcomes its new leadership team. This dynamic duo, along with new board chair David L. Cohen (not pictured), has been driving Philadelphia Theatre Company forward with a fresh start!

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See and Be Scene

We produced the first official PTC “See and Be Scene,” a night of excerpts from 8 dynamic plays under consideration for the 2018-19 season.  This evening was such a treat; the theatre was filled with over 30 artists making live theatre.  Then, you told us what you liked and why during post-event cocktails and conversation with Paige – and we listened!

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We thank you for taking this journey with us and we guarantee that 2018 will be another exciting year at Philadelphia Theatre Company!

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