PTC’s Exciting New Chapter

Over the past year, PTC’s board, staff, and leadership team worked tirelessly on a new strategic plan for the theatre that included a new mission and vision statement, a long-term financial plan, and an extensive revamp of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, all centered around our three “pillars”: world-class art, wonderful education programs for people of all ages, and mutually beneficial community engagement partnerships. We are proud to present our new mission and vision statements, along with our new commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Belonging.

Jackie Hoffman and Kristel Oreto | Photo Credit: Ashley Smith Wide Eyed Studios

For each production, PTC invites mutually-beneficial, long term partnerships with local individuals, organizations, and businesses that lead to greater awareness and investment in our city, and ensures PTC creates work that tackles issues relevant to the people of Philadelphia. Interested in being a community partner? Contact

Pictured is Kristel Oreto, owner and proprietor of Philadelphia’s Now and Forever Tattoo shop, applying fake tattoos to Jackie Hoffman, star of last season’s world premiere musical, The Tattooed Lady.

2023-24 Black Theatre Night and Community Night Dates:
Macbeth in Stride – Friday, November 3, 2023 @ 7pm
Frankie & Johnny – Thursday, May 9, 2024 @ 7pm
The Duat – Thursday, June 13, 2024 @ 7pm

Actors Sung Yun Cho and Daniel Kim in the reading of Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters | Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras

PTC has always been a home for new work, having produced over 200 world premieres since its founding in 1974. We continue to advance the next generation of theatre artists with our New Play Development program with workshops, readings, and residencies throughout the year. The jewel in our New Play Development program is the Terrence McNally Award, which annually honors a Philadelphia playwright with a cash prize and a week-long workshop, culminating in a public reading of the award-winning play. Past winners of the McNally Award include James Ijames, Bill Cain, Donja R. Love, A. Zell Williams, and Martín Zimmerman. In 2022, the McNally Award was given to Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters for her play Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams. We honor Terrence’s spirit, and we are very thankful to the McNally Foundation for their support in lifting up Philadelphia playwrights.

*Scripts are accepted from January through February, with the winner announced in April.

Photo from the Lady Day Student Matinee | Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras

Education and youth engagement are a cornerstone of the work we do at PTC. We are proud to offer a number of student matinees throughout our season, which include FREE in-school workshops for students and teachers before and after they see the show.

Are you an educator or school administrator interested in our student matinee program? Email for more details!

2023-24 Student Matinee Dates:
Macbeth in Stride – Friday, November 10, 2023 @ 10:30am
Cost of Living – Tuesday, February 13, 2024 @ 10:30am
Frankie & Johnny – Friday, May 10, 2024 @ 10:30am
The Duat – Tuesday, June 11, 2024 @ 10:30am