Prime Stage Theatre
Prime Stage Theatre is a professional theatre company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA dedicated to creating educational theatrical productions for middle school and high school students. Its mission is to "entertain, educate, and enrich families, students, and educators in the discovery of live theatre and literature...by producing adaptations of literature, new works, and other plays which celebrate the achievements of young people and adults." It is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Founded in 1996 by artistic director Wayne Brinda, the theatre's first production was staged at the Station Square Playhouse. The theatre then moved to La Roche College, where it produced two full seasons. In 1998, the theatre moved to Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy for one season, followed by its production of Clemente: The Measure of a Man at Point Park University's George White Theatre in 1999. In 2000, Prime Stage produced works at the New Hazlett Theatre, until it inaugurated a new theatre facility at 937 Liberty Avenue in 2003, a space now inhabited by Bricolage Production Company and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. In 2006, Prime Stage returned to the New Hazlett, where it has continued to produce theatrical adaptations of literary classics and classic plays. Prime Stage has also staged productions as part of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
Prime Stage has several outreach programs for teens, including its Technical Theatre Mentor Program, which provides opportunities for middle school and high school students to participate in the technical aspects of the theatre's productions, and the Teen Advisory Board, which helps guide Prime Stage in the development of its productions as well as participating in service projects that benefit the area's youth.
- Prime Stage Theatre - Aboout Us: Mission Statement and VIsion
- Prime Stage Theatre - About Us: History
- Prime Stage Theatre brings 'Our Town' to life - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Prime Stage's 'Sleepy Hollow' aims to rattle all of the audiences' senses - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Of Mice and Men - Stage - Theater Reviews & Features - Pittsburgh City Paper
- Prime Stage - Technical Theatre Mentoring Program
- Prime Stage Theatre - Teen Advisory Board