About PICT Classic Theatre

Who We Are

Remember when you first discovered the power of live theatre? Stories and acting so compelling you were moved to laughter, tears, anger or sadness? Performances that left you with life-changing questions, and moments that brought you the satisfaction of an evening well spent? Now is the time to rediscover those exceptional moments and introduce others to the PICT Classic Theatre experience.

PICT Classic Theatre creates a culture of enlightened entertainment by focusing on the three essential elements of theatre: Authors, Actors and Audience.

Authors

From centuries past to the present day, PICT Classic Theatre respects the text and brings playwrights’ words to life for you.

Actors

PICT is a theatre company, with world-class talent who choose to live in this great city. They delight you with their skills and abilities because Pittsburgh is their home, and you are their family.

Audience

YOU play the most important part when you sit in the darkened theatre, experience the performance and connect with the characters illuminated on stage.

From timeless truths that explore the universal depths of human nature, to the sharpest Irish wit. Long after the curtain falls, PICT Classic Theatre will remind you of the moment you first felt the power of a great performance.

Join PICT’s growing family of audience members who EXPECT MORE.


Our Vision

To produce professional, provocative and challenging theatre for the widest audience.

Mission Statement

PICT is an internationally recognized theatre whose mission is to produce innovative interpretations of dramatic literature in the classic and Irish traditions.

Core Values

We exist to serve the community.
We are dedicated to achieving the highest quality of artistic expression.
We demonstrate integrity and respect for others in all our dealings.
We are financially prudent and disciplined.

Core Values Expanded

  • We believe in the power of live theatre.  We believe creativity is an essential part of what it means to be human and that theatre is the best means, artistically, to achieve awareness of this fact.
  • We exist in order to bring people together for the unique emotional and intellectual experience of theatre. To promote an awareness and love of theatre for all, but especially in the young.
  • We are a theatre and a company that makes Pittsburgh a home for regular seasons of plays from the works of Irish Playwrights, of Shakespeare and other Classic and Classical playwrights.
  • We are a theatre where the best available of Pittsburgh theatre talent is assembled and utilised for their skills and knowledge.
  • We are dedicated to the support of local artists and arts administrators and offer every encouragement to help them continue to make Pittsburgh their viable artistic home.
  • We serve as ambassadors to visiting artists who bring to Pittsburgh the best of talent from which we can learn.
  • We provide a professional theatre that is based on and around a committed team and a professional acting company. A theatre where the best of new talent is given the experience and nurturing that will help their own theatre craft, and provide the company and Pittsburgh with a body of skilled professional theatre artists into the future.
  • We provide a theatrical experience that is family-friendly and welcoming to the young and old alike. A theatre where young audiences are given modestly priced access and opportunity to experience the best of Irish and Classic theatre
  • We operate as a Not-For-Profit organization.
  • We are fiscally responsible. We are committed to financial discipline and to following best practices to ensure the continuation of the organization for future generations.
  • We create a culture of respect. We are respectful and considerate in interactions with artists, staff, board, audiences, donors and vendors at every point of contact, in a culture of mutual respect that engages and nurtures all constituencies.
  • We strive to be a “green” theatre. We are an environmentally pro-active organization that minimizes the negative impact of the inherently wasteful theatrical process.
  • We are dedicated to the building of clear, trusting and robust relationships with Foundation funders based on a commitment to work with them for the betterment of theatre experience for all; and especially in those areas for which their funding is dedicated.
  • We provide a theatre where donors, subscribers and all other attendees are given the highest quality experience of theatre both as guests and more importantly as stakeholders.

Our Philosophy

Theatre is action.

A great theatre requires – indeed demands – great acting.

It demands great writing, great directing and great design.

The totality of the experience of the play for the audience must be complete.

Theatre can be simple or complex. It can be well funded or poorly funded

It can even be wrong.

But it must never be bad.

There are no excuses for bad Theatre.

Theatre is universal. It defeats borders. It defeats politics.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

We believe in theatre.

Our History

PICT Classic Theatre was founded as Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Inc., in 1996. It was founded in reaction to the closing of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and in order to provide a venue for local artists to perform classical works, a mission that has stayed constant throughout the years. Our first show, The Constant Couple, was performed in May1997 in the Antonian Theater on the campus of Carlow Uniersity. After earning excellent reviews for that production, PICT went on to have a successful 1998 season, and the company grew exponentially. PICT Classic Theatre is now one of the largest professional theatre companies in the greater Pittsburgh region. As of June 30, 2015, PICT has produced 91 main stage shows, including six world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, forty Pittsburgh premieres and four festivals.

PAST SEASONS AND PRODUCTIONS

Our Family

Leadership

Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director

Actor and Director Alan Stanford is known as Ireland’s leading exponent of the works of Oscar Wilde. He began his career at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre where his productions included works by Shaw, Arbuzov, Graham Greene, Brecht, Dürrenmatt and Shakespeare. He is the former Artistic Director of Second Age Theatre Company for whom he has directed many productions, most recently Philadelphia Here I Come!, Hamlet, and his own adaptation of A Doll’s House. Alan has been principal director at the Gate Theatre Dublin for nearly twenty years. His productions there include works by Shakespeare, Molière, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. He holds the privilege of directing Harold Pinter in his own play, The Collection, and has presented many of his own adaptations including A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, The Old Curiosity Shop and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Stanford directed his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the Gate Theatre in early 2014, and it received such acclaim that it was re-staged in August and will be taken to Hong Kong in March, 2015. His work as an actor includes roles with most of the major theatres in Ireland receiving awards for his performance as Salieri in Amadeus, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Higgins in Pygmalion and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His interpretation of Herod in Salome received international acclaim. With the Gate Theatre’s Beckett Festival he performed as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and as Hamm in Endgame, performances he repeated at the Lincoln Centre in New York and in Toronto, Melbourne, London, Beijing and Shanghai and two tours of the USA. For the Abbey Theatre he has played Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Alan is in his sevent season with PICT Classic Theatre, where he recently directed Woman and Scarecrow, by Marina Carr, Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens and adapted by Hugh Leonard and Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, which was the most-attended performance in PICT’s 18-year history. Previous performances include Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, The Pitmen Painters and various roles in Chekhov Celebration, as well as playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Alan had the pleasure of directing PICT’s record-breaking production of The Mask of Moriarty, as well as Salome, Betrayal and Celebration.

Board

PICT Classic Theatre is led by a Board of Directors made up of many Pittsburgh area professionals dedicated to volunteering their time and talent to create the best classic theatre possible. As a governing body, PICT's Board is an active and dynamic entity, with many members serving on multiple committees over their three year terms. Learn more about board membership, committee service, and other volunteer opportunities.

Officers

President

Steven Alschuler

President of Alschuler Communications

Vice President

Erin Shannon-Auel

Director, Strategic Programs
Highmark

Treasurer

Peter Smerd

President
Boulevard Building

Secretary

Margaret “Peggy” Hynes

Peggy Hynes Marketing

Joseph Auria

Psychologist
Private Practice

Mark Barrett

Alan S. Baum

Partner & Attorney
Matis Baum O’Connor

Steve Cuden

Assistant Professor, Screenwriting
Point Park University

Cecilia Dickson

Attorney
Director, The Webb Law Firm

Patrick Fazzini

Dina J. Fulmer

Retired
Research Librarian

Gail Gerono

Vice President, Investor Relations & Global Communication
Calgon Carbon Corporation

Charles “Chuck” Moellenberg

Partner
Jones Day

Dolores Nypaver

Fabian O’Connor

Principal
O’Connor, Pagano, and Grupac LLC

Richard E. Rauh

Philanthropist

Pauline Taylor-Raiff

Practice Director, Genesis Medical Associates

Staff

Artistic and Executive Director

Alan Stanford

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Business Director

Eileen Clancy

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Arts Finance Cohort CFO

Rebecca McNeil

Business Development Manager

Carolyn Ludwig

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Biography: Carolyn joined PICT in May 2012. She has many years of diverse business administration and operations experience, including event and conference planning, human resource management, program development, sales and marketing. Most recently, Carolyn was the program coordinator for executive education workshops at the Carnegie Bosch Institute, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Production Manager

Liam Nute

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Grant Writer

Patricia Hazen

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Company and Operations Manager

Dale Hess

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Marketing & Communications Manager

Brian Edward

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