Philly Reality


Philly Reality is a multi-school festival celebrating work created, performed and designed by students.  PTC partners with teachers and classes in schools across the city and provides a 6 month residency to guide the process of creating new theater pieces.  For Philly reality 2016, PTC has partnered with 8 classes at six schools.  Students can also participate in Philly Reality 2016 through our ActOut Saturday Winter Class.

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.

Philly Reality 2016

Show #1:  March 15 at 1:00 & 7:00pm

Lincoln High School
World Communications Charter School
Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts –Grade  11
Science Leadership Academy

Show #2:  March 17 at 1:00 & 7:00pm

Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School
Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts – Grade 10
String Theory Charter School
PTC ActOut Saturday Class

ActOut Saturday

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 10- March 14th , 10AM- 12:30PM

Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre