Prime Stage has introduced theatre to thousands of
adolescents, educators and families. An ESL teacher in our
Adopt-a-School Program wrote: "In addition to refugees from Nepal, I
have students from Iraq. Seeing the plays improved their comprehension
and made them feel they understood what they read." A student wrote:
"Seeing the play live helped me connect with the book. I could tell how
people were feeling during each scene and what they were
1996 - Prime Stage was incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 organization to
provide theatrical and educational experiences for families, students,
and educators. "A Woman Called Truth" was produced at the former
Station Square Playhouse.
Prime Stage moved to LaRoche College in the North
Hills where we produced two seasons of literary adaptations and new
plays, including the world premiere of "The Music Lesson" by Tammy Ryan
which has won
national awards and is produced around the country.
1998/1999 - Prime Stage moved to Civic Light Opera Academy and produced several
regional premieres. Eva Schloss, best friend of Anne Frank, joined us
for the performances.
We developed a partnership with
the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh which lasted for several
seasons. Prime Stage received recognition as “The best
educational program” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
1999 - At the George White Theatre of Point Park University, Prime Stage
produced the world premiere
of "Clemente: The Measure of a Man". For this production, we worked
with members of Roberto Clemente’s
family and continued our relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Prime Stage initiated its
"Adopt-a-School Program" for students in Wilkinsburg.
2000 - Prime Stage moved to the Hazlett Theater to produce three seasons of
literature, including the world premieres "Wade in the Water", "The
Josh Gibson Story" and "We Will
Remember: A Tribute to Veterans", which is puublished and presented
Prime Stage adopted “Bringing Literature to Life” to
target adolescent literacy, particularly
reluctant and struggling readers and their teachers.
recognition as the "Outstanding
Children’s Theatre Company in the
United States" from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
Prime Stage initiated its Teen Advisory Board. Teens learn
leadership skills as they have a
vital voice in the in the selection of projects and productions. They
also do community outreach
- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invited Prime Stage to
inaugurate a new
theatre facility at
937 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District and continue "Bringing
literature to life".
2005 - Prime Stage began its Act 48 Teacher Workshops. We featured Newbery
Award Author Lois Lowry at a workshop and
reception for the premiere of "The Giver".
The Annual Celebration of Reading" produced in
partnership with Tickets for Kids Charities began.
2006 - For its 10th anniversary season, Prime Stage returned to the New
Hazlett Theater. Mary
Badham, Academy Award nominee actress who played Scout in
the film of "To Kill a Mockingbird", attended performances and teacher
workshops during the production.
2007 - Prime Stage Co-Founder and Finance Director, Connie
Brinda, was recognized for her contributions to the arts in Western
Pennsylvania at the Woman in the
Prime Stage recognized Holocaust hidden children survivors
with "The Diary of Anne Frank".
Prime Stage produced the world premiere adaptation of "The Westing
Game", based on the book by
Ellen Raskin. We also held a special event honoring Amy Kellman of the
2009 – Prime Stage produced the world premiere of The Westing Game, based on
the book by Ellen Raskin. We held a special event honoring
Kellman of the Carnegie Library.
2010 – Prime Stage, with support of local foundations, installed
School/Community Reading Centers in two Pittsburgh Public middle
Prime Stage initiated its “Annual Inspiring -Teacher-Inspiring
Student” Recognition award and event.
Prime Stage Teen Advisory Board is invited to Harrisburg to
present their program that raises awareness of Teen Dating Violence.
2011 – Our script of The Westing Game is published by Dramatic Publishing
Stage Teen Advisory Board is invited to present their new play and
program that raises awareness of Teen Dating Violence with the YWCA
Violence Awareness Week and several communities and organizations for