Philly Reality

Thank you to everyone who participated in Philly Reality 2017! Stay tuned for Philly Reality 2018 dates.


This year marks our 10th anniversary of PHILLY REALITY, a festival that celebrates the lives, loves, struggles, and ideas of teens by turning them into art.  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 question:

Who or what has significantly impacted who you are today?

Philly Reality 2017

March 7 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School
  • The U School
  • Philadelphia’s Creative & Performing Arts High School – Theater III Class
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company’s ActOut Saturday Class

March 9 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm

  • Academy at Palumbo
  • Feltonville Arts & Sciences
  • Philadelphia’s Creative & Performing Arts High School – Theater IV Class
  • World Communications Charter School – After School Drama Club
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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!

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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 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: 2018 dates TBD

Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre