Philly Reality

Where students do it all!

As part of our 10th Anniversary Philly Reality performance, we are excited to announce that 12 classes across 10 unique schools and organizations will be presenting this year. Once again, we open our doors to students from across the Philadelphia area to perform and design their own original work on our stage right here at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

This year, our students will be presenting ten-minute plays inspired by our season’s theme of personal narrative. They will explore their personal stories by responding to the following questions:

What is a moment in your life that made you who you are today?
How did that moment change you?
Who has defined or impacted you?

Philly Reality 2017

March 7 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm
March 9 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm
(Show orders TBD)

Participating Groups & Organizations:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Philadelphia’s Creative & Performing Arts High School
  • Feltonville Arts & Sciences
  • JEVS E3 Center City
  • Mighty Writers
  • Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School
  • Academy at Palumbo
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company’s ActOut Saturday Class
  • World Communications Charter School
  • U School


No politics, no red-tape, no reform commissions – just the talent and passion of young people.  Come join us and watch the young people of our city shine!

The Philly Reality Residency is the most comprehensive and in-depth element of PTC’s education programming.  It includes 36 classroom workshops, study units for four PTC productions as well as the unique opportunity for students to create a piece of theatre from the ground up on a fully equipped, professional stage.  Philly Reality is the only program of its kind in Philadelphia that gives students the opportunity to work closely on all artistic, production and technical elements of a live theatre performance.  The main goal of this program is to help students learn that theatre is a vehicle for communication they can use beyond the classroom and the stage.  Philly Reality does not simply give students scripts but provides them tools with which to write their own 10-minute play.  Students also develop the production elements to support the text.  With help from teaching artists and technical artists in sound and lighting, students apply design elements of their own creation to their pieces.  The residency ends with student performances at the SRT.  Overseen by PTC’s professional production staff, students participate as actors, directors, designers, and front-of-house staff, making Philly Reality a truly student-run production.

ActOut Saturday

Students can also participate in Philly Reality 2017 through our ActOut Saturday Class; For more information, please click here. PTC has become home to so many teens across the Philadelphia region.  Not all of those teens are in schools or classes that are working with PTC through a residency.  For those students- and any other interested teens- we have ActOut Saturday.  Beginning the first weekend of January, this group meets every Saturday for 2.5 hours for a Philly Reality intensive.  This group performs as a “class” on one of our Philly reality performance nights. ActOut Saturday is open to any interested teen aged 12-17.

When: Saturdays from January 9th– March 19th, 10:30AM- 12:30PM

Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre