PTC’S Top 10 of 2021

#10 – WE BROUGHT ARTISTS BACK TO THE STAGE!

We rehearsed virtually, then in masks. We tested…and tested…and tested — and it was worth it! We couldn’t be prouder of our cast, crew, staff for putting on an amazing first show back with The Garbologists.

#9 – WE MADE A DOCUMENTARY!

We commissioned a new musical during the pandemic and made a documentary about it!! Make Your Mark features a sneak peek at the upcoming musical, The Tattooed Lady and the amazing work of Max Vernon, Erin Courtney, and Ellie Haymen — premiering Fall of 2022!

CLICK HERE for the full documentary.

#8 – WE’RE ON THE RADIO!

Have you heard the news? In addition to directing our upcoming February production of Choir Boy, resident artist Jeffrey Page also has a radio show. Catch Jeffrey and co host Tiffany Bacon every Friday at 12:00 pm on WURD Radio 96.1FM and 900AM.

CLICK HERE to learn more about WURD.

#7  – WE WELCOMED BACK RESIDENT COMPANIES & OUR COMMUNITY!

The Suzanne Roberts Theatre has been buzzing with activity. We welcomed Koresh Dance Company, BalletX, Lady Hoofers, and the Philadelphia Eagles for the Philadelphia Premiere of Questlove’s Summer of Soul. We are proud to host a community of renters at the Theatre. We look forward to The Savoy Company and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus in 2022.

#6 – WE CELEBRATED PTC…VIRTUALLY!

We welcomed back Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre for our 2021 Virtual Gala! Fun Fact: Ali Stroker starred in PTC’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2010.

#5 – WE CELEBRATED PLAYWRIGHTS!

This Spring we celebrated Southwest Philly native Donja R. Love as the first recipient of the revived Terrence McNally Award. Honoring Terrence McNally, who passed away in 2020 from COVID complications, the award focuses on themes of queer identity, transformative art, and social justice — which were very much a part of McNally’s work. Love’s What Will Happen to All That Beauty? centers around the deeply flawed and inhumane handling of AIDS in the 1980s. We are truly honored to be celebrating this work, and these playwrights.

#4 – WE CELEBRATED LOCAL ART!

We had an amazing time collaborating with Philly native Alloyius Mcilwaine on our season art, as well as on PTC-commissioned Recycling Bins during our production of The Garbologists (as seen on PHL17)

CLICK HERE to learn more about Alloyius and his work.

#3 – WE MADE NEW FRIENDS!

We had the pleasure of partnering with so many local Philly organizations to kick off this Season! From the Sanitation Union DC33 and RAIR Philly to Fab Scrap and The Neon Museum of Philadelphia — thank you all!! Special thanks to Terrill “YaFavTrashman” Haigler for his advocacy of not only The Garbologists, but also of sanitation workers city-wide.

#2 – WE WELCOMED NEW FACES!

We are cautiously re-building and 2021 was no exception. With 9 new full- and part-time staff members, our Zoom meetings were filled with new faces this year! Meet our new staff: Artistic Assistant Angel Chasco (he/him), Production Manager Will Cruttenden (he/him), Development Assistant Alison Hopkins (she/her), Marketing Assistant Dana Liu (she/her), Artistic Intern Miguel Ortega (he/him), Audience Services Associate Cinco Placensia (he/him), Director of Marketing Jessica Ragusa (she/her), Director of Development Nathan Schultz (he/him) and Co-Manager for Audience Services Jonathan Wallace (they/them).

#1 – WE PUT ON A SHOW!

BroadwayWorld called it “A MUST SEE”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, “REVELATORY”

After over a year without live theatre, the return was nothing short of exhilarating….and we couldn’t have done it without our community, subscribers and donors. Thank You for being such an important part of getting us back on stage!

Image Descriptions (in chronological order from top to bottom)

#10 – PTC cast and crew on stage

#9 – The Tattooed Lady team working at a desk in masks waving at the camera

#8 – Social card image for WURD promoting the show “Stage Door”, every Friday at noon

#7 – Seven Koresh Company dancers on stage

#6 – Ali Stroker with a candlelit theatre auditorium background

#5 – Photo of Donja Love wearing a hat

#4 – Image of multi colored, hand- painted recycling bins

#3 – Terrill “Ya Fav Trashman” Haigler on the Suzanne Roberts Theatre stage for a post-show talk back

#2 – Nine tiled photos of the new PTC hires

#1 – Actor Ngozi Anyanwu on stage dressed as a sanitation worker holding a wet stuffed animal platypus in The Garbologists

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