Press Releases

Welcome to PICT Classic Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season: Expect the Best

PICT Classic Theatre announces its 2017-2018 Season, with a focus on classic authors William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Charlotte Brontë, in new performance venues in Crafton, Oakland, and Point Breeze. The season will begin in August with a preliminary special event, MURDER AT THE CRAFT HOUSE: WHO KILLED ALAN STANFORD?, a reception and interactive murder… Read more »

Casting Notice: PICT Classic Theatre 2017-2018

Dates: Friday, July 28th 10am to 6pm Saturday, July 29th 12pm to 4pm Tuesday, August 1st 10am to 6pm   Location: PICT Classic Theatre’s Office and Studio: 2403 Sidney St. Suite 285, Pittsburgh PA 15203   Requirements: Please prepare two one-minute monologues – one of heightened text (Shakespeare, Greek, Classical, etc.) and one contemporary. Please bring… Read more »

PICT presents a turbulent tale for the holidays with THE LION IN WINTER

On December 1st, PICT Classic Theatre will continue its 2016-2017 season at Union Project with THE LION IN WINTER. The play, written in 1966 by James Goldman, depicts Henry II’s transition of power during Christmas in the year 1183 amid family dysfunction and political maneuvering. Though Goldman’s play is fictional, it is based upon actual… Read more »

PICT Classic Theatre names Steven Alschuler President of the Board.

Pittsburgh, PA, January 14, 2016– Steven Alschuler, President of Pittsburgh-based public relations firm Alschuler Communications, has been named President of the Board of Directors of PICT Classic Theatre. PICT, founded in 1996 as Pittsburgh Irish and Classic Theatre, produces high-quality classic theater and considers educational programs and outreach to underserved communities to be among its… Read more »

“Oliver Twist” is a story of redemption for PICT Classic Theatre.

PICT is back with a classic about the spirit of charity in time for the holidays. Pittsburgh, PA, November 4, 2015- After a total staff lay-off, the cancellation of a production and a series of very real discussions about whether PICT should close its doors forever, PICT Classic Theatre is pleased to announce its return… Read more »

Educating Rita is a heart-warming story about personal fulfillment.

PICT celebrates its relationship with the University of Pittsburgh in this important piece about higher education.   Pittsburgh, PA, August 13, 2015– Oakland will be bustling this September when the students return to their dormitories to begin a new year of study. During this time, from September 3 through 19, PICT Classic Theatre will present… Read more »

Sharon’s Grave is a great Irish yarn about love, legends and the land.

PICT’s Harvard-educated director, Aoife Spillane-Hinks, transports audiences to Ireland’s coast. Pittsburgh, PA, June 25, 2015- July is peak vacation season, and for two hours, audiences can travel with PICT Classic Theatre to the wild southwest coast of Ireland. Sharon’s Grave, by Irish audience-favorite John B. Keane, runs July 16 – August 1 in the Henry… Read more »

PICT offers affordable theatre classes starting Monday, May 4.

Register for classes now or scroll down for more information.   Pittsburgh, PA, April 20, 2015 – PICT Classic Theatre, now in its nineteenth season, is pleased to unveil a series of Adult Theatre Classes— its newest program under the PICT Educates banner. Aimed at connecting the PICT professional theatrical community with the Pittsburgh community… Read more »

PICT’s Artistic Director adapts and directs a global smash hit.

Alan Stanford’s Pride and Prejudice sells out at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Pittsburgh, PA, March 20, 2015- PICT Classic Theatre’s Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford just used up his three weeks of 2015 vacation days, but few people would classify taking the Gate Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice to the 43rd Hong… Read more »

Job Posting: CFO of the Arts Finance Cohort

POSITION TITLE: Chief Financial Officer REPORTING TO: Executive Directors of Arts Finance Cohort LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA THE COMPANY: Arts Finance Cohort (AFC) – a group of five Pittsburgh-based arts organizations COMPANY PROFILE: The AFC is a group of five Pittsburgh-based arts organizations that have come together to hire a shared CFO. The AFC’s goal is… Read more »

PICT Plays…with Witches and Wizards is PICT Classic Theatre’s ‘Sweet Oblivious Antidote’ to the typical Pittsburgh gala

Featuring emcee Brian Edward from ‘Burgh Vivant and an awards ceremony honoring Rich Fitzgerald, Gene O’Sullivan, and Joan Markert.  Pittsburgh, PA – September 30, 2014. For one night, on the eve of Halloween, PICT Classic Theatre will transform J. Verno Studios on the South Side into a den of dastardly delights! Dinner, dancing, and “spirits” of… Read more »

PICT Announces an Expanded Season in 2015

Aptly Themed “Saints and Sinners” Series Brings New Stage and Seven Classics. Pittsburgh, PA, September 20, 2014- PICT Classic Theatre approaches its nineteenth year and is experiencing growing pains! With more theatre than one venue can hold, PICT expands to seven “classics” in 2015- with two Downtown Series performances kicking off the season in the… Read more »

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme is Unforgettable Story of an Irish “Band of Brothers” Entering One of WWI’s Bloodiest Battles.

PICT Theatre’s September 4-20 presentation of Sons of Ulster coincides with 2014 WWI Centennial. Pittsburgh, PA – August 13, 2014- PICT Classic Theatre’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, by Frank McGuinness, opens just about 100 years after the historical WWI events that are authentically portrayed in the performance. Running September 4-20… Read more »

Leading Irish Dramatist Marina Carr in Pittsburgh for Premiere

Leading Irish Dramatist Marina Carr Visits Pittsburgh to Celebrate Premiere Special dinner and events planned to celebrate her visit   Pittsburgh, PA – July 3, 2014. The Pittsburgh premiere of Marina Carr’s Woman and Scarecrow is even more noteworthy since the acclaimed playwright is coming to Pittsburgh for the production. Artistic and Executive Director Alan… Read more »

Pittsburgh Premiere of Woman and Scarecrow by leading Irish Dramatist

Playwright Marina Carr visits Pittsburgh July 7-14 Special dinner and events planned to celebrate her visit   Pittsburgh, PA – June 26, 2014. Marina Carr’s play Woman and Scarecrow is a perfect embodiment of the bittersweet humor and comical tragedy that pervades the plays of the Irish, much like PICT’s production Waiting for Godot that… Read more »

Waiting for Godot Marks Many Noteworthy Returns

PICT’s Waiting for Godot offers many welcome returns to stage Martin Giles’s first role following extended illness. Alan Stanford reprises role of Pozzo. Director Aoife Spillane-Hinks returns to direct. Pittsburgh, PA – May 22, 2014. When Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford was planning the 2014 PICT season, Managing Director Stephanie Riso suggested the addition… Read more »

New Name, New Faces at PICT Classic Theatre

PICT announces a new brand – PICT Classic Theatre – and new faces to build a stronger organization and secure its future Focusing PICT’s mission and place in Pittsburgh’s theatre community Pittsburgh, PA – May 7, 2014. Aiming to broaden awareness and appeal of its market brand, the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre will move forward under… Read more »

PICT UnCommon Pleas Finds Stars Among the Legal & Tech Communities

 Dennis Unkovic and Audrey Russo shine as the Macbeths. Who knew judges could be so funny? Pittsburgh, PA – April 3, 2014. On Thursday, March 27, PICT Theatre and the Arts and Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar hosted more than 150 guests at the Duquesne Club for the inaugural PICT UnCommon Pleas, a… Read more »

PICT Theatre opens 2014 season with Blithe Spirit

    PICT Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford to direct ghostly comedy First professional production of Blithe Spirit in Pittsburgh since 1971  Pittsburgh, PA – March 11, 2014. PICT Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford has selected a bold assortment of classic plays for PICT’s 18th season, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Each play contains its own version of wickedness, with… Read more »

PICT UnCommon Pleas: Let’s Thrill All the Lawyers!

Guilty or Not Guilty? Macbeth Appeals His Conviction PICT Theatre’s UnCommon Pleas: An Evening of Legal Theatrical Entertainment Dennis Unkovic as Macbeth; Audrey Russo as Lady Macbeth Watch interview Pittsburgh, PA – February 25, 2014. Shakespeare’s most wicked couple, the Macbeths, will appeal their murder convictions in front of six noteworthy judges. Attorney Dennis Unkovic… Read more »

PICT Plays…A Costume Gala with Special Guest Jack Gleeson

PICT Plays…with Mystery and Mayhem, a Costume Gala by PICT Theatre *Awards ceremony honoring Sara Steelman and Ray Werner* **Special Guest Host Jack Gleeson of Game of Thrones is King of the AE Dance Party** Pittsburgh, PA – October 16, 2013. PICT Theatre, presenting sponsors PNC Bank and Jones Day, and Dance Party sponsor American… Read more »

PICT Announces a ‘Wonderfully Wicked’ 2014 Season

PICT Theatre (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) packs its eighteenth year of classic favorites and pure Irish genius, a return to its original mission under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford. The selection of plays all fit the theme, “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a line taken from the fifth show of the… Read more »

PICT Theatre Presents the Pittsburgh Premiere of A Skull in Connemara

PICT Theatre Presents the Pittsburgh Premiere of A Skull in Connemara *One of a trilogy of stories by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh* **Directed by Martin Giles** Pittsburgh, PA – September 5, 2013. PICT Theatre’s fifth production of the season is the Pittsburgh premiere of Martin McDonagh’s hilarious whodunit A Skull in Connemara, one of a… Read more »

PICT Board Selects Alan Stanford as Producing Artistic Director

Pittsburgh, PA – August 30, 2013. Following an extensive search process, PICT Theatre’s board of directors has appointed Alan Stanford as the company’s producing artistic director. Stanford has been serving as the interim producing artistic director since February. Board president Eugene O’Sullivan said, “We were fortunate to find someone of Alan’s caliber to lead this… Read more »

U.S. Premiere of Don Juan Comes Back from the War

PICT Presents U.S. Premiere of Don Juan Comes Back from the War **Alan Stanford directs Duncan Macmillan’s new version of the Odon von Horvath play** ***Featuring David Whalen and Nike Doukas ***  Pittsburgh, PA –July 31, 2013. British playwright Duncan Macmillan was asked numerous times to adapt Don Juan Comes Back from the War by… Read more »

More Modern Milieu for Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

More Modern Milieu for Lady Windermere’s Fan **Alan Stanford adapts and directs Oscar Wilde’s comic gem ** ***Featuring Leo Marks, Nike Doukas, Jodi Gage and John DeMita in 17-member cast *** Pittsburgh, PA – UPDATE July 3, 2013. Renowned Oscar Wilde expert Alan Stanford, PICT’s interim Producing Artistic Director, will direct his adaptation of the… Read more »

Martin Giles Stars in PICT’s Thriller The Kreutzer Sonata

 Contact: Michelle Belan Sales & Marketing Director 412-561-6000 x. 203 mbelan@picttheatre.org www.picttheatre.org For Immediate Release  Martin Giles Stars in PICT’s Thriller The Kreutzer Sonata **Irish playwright Nancy Harris transforms Leo Tolstoy’s novella for the stage ** ***Featuring the music of violinist Juan Jaramillo and pianist Alaine Fink*** Pittsburgh, PA – May 14, 2013. Noted Pittsburgh… Read more »

Good Neighbors/Bad Neighbors FREE Panel Discussion

  **PICT Theatre hosts noted Princeton Historian Jan Gross**   ***Former U.S. Ambassador & Post-Gazette columnist Dan Simpson to moderate Good Neighbors/Bad Neighbors Panel Discussion***   Pittsburgh, PA – April 25, 2013. In conjunction with its production of Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s Our Class, PICT Theatre has coordinated a panel discussion that includes noted historian Jan T…. Read more »

PICT Theatre Announces Full Company for Our Class

**Irish-American Aoife Spillane-Hinks will direct** ***Post-Gazette’s Breakout Performer of 2012 Vera Varlamov returns to PICT*** Pittsburgh, PA – March 12, 2013.  PICT Theatre (aka Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) announces the full cast for Our Class, the powerful Nike award-winning play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek and translated by Ryan Craig. Irish-American Aoife Spillane-Hinks will direct. Our Class opens with a… Read more »

PICT Announces Alan Stanford as Interim Artistic Director

Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) is pleased to welcome Alan Stanford as its new Interim Artistic Director.  Mr. Stanford is a founder and the past Artistic Director of Second Age Theatre Company in Dublin. He has extensive theatrical experience at the renowned Gate Theatre in Dublin, where he has directed several dozen plays, including Lady… Read more »

PICT 2013 Season

Contact: Michelle Belan Marketing Director 412.561.6000 x203 mbelan@picttheatre.org RELEASE ON OR AFTER AUGUST 15, 2012  “SCANDAL” TAKES CENTER STAGE IN PICT’s 2013 SEASON Tolstoy and Beethoven, a sexy new look at Don Juan, a unique collaboration with The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the return of Oscar Wilde, Martin McDonagh, and the Victorian crime-fighting duo… Read more »

Ivanov

  AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TOM STOPPARD’S HILARIOUS NEW ADAPTATION OF IVANOV CONTINUES PICT’S CHEKHOV CELEBRATION – OPENING AUGUST 4th Media Contact: Michelle Belan Marketing Director Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre mbelan@picttheatre.org 412-561-6000 x203 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE _______________________________________________________________________ Pittsburgh, PA – July 23, 2012. PICT’s celebration of Anton Chekhov continues with the American premiere of Tom… Read more »

Three Sisters

Media Contact: Michelle Belan Marketing Director Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre mbelan@picttheatre.org 412-561-6000 x203 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pittsburgh, PA – July 2, 2012. PICT opens its Festival celebrating the works of Anton Chekhov with Paul Schmidt’s translation of Three Sisters.  This production features Nike Doukas as Ólga, Allison McLemore as Másha, as Vera Varlamov… Read more »

Pitmen Painters

Art for the 99% Miners redefine their lives by becoming artists in the Pittsburgh Premiere of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters Media Contact: Michelle Belan Marketing Director Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre mbelan@picttheatre.org 412-561-6000 x203 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pittsburgh, PA – May 10, 2012. PICT continues its season with the Pittsburgh premiere of The… Read more »

In the Next Room

  Pulitzer finalist launches PICT 2012 season Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play makes Pittsburgh debut in an electrifying production directed by Alan Stanford   Media Contact: Michelle Belan Director of Marketing and Sales Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre mbelan@picttheatre.org 412-561-6000 x203 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE _____________________________________________________________________________________ Pittsburgh, PA – April 4,… Read more »

2012 Casting

Single tickets on sale now for stellar PICT 2012 season “Get Turned On” with local, national and internationally-acclaimed artists who bring the world to our stages in a titillating Pulitzer finalist by a leading American female playwright, a true story, an exploration of the comedic facets of a Russian master (and the great Irishman who… Read more »

New Classics March

       Media Contacts: Michelle Belan – 412.561.6000 x203 or mbelan@picttheatre.org Josh Storey – 412.624.0933 or  jstorey@pitt.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ New Classics presents free reading of Lively Stones New play by Sarah Katherine Bowden examines role of women in Colonial Massachusetts Pittsburgh, PA  — March 12, 2012. The New Classics Series wraps up its season… Read more »

2012 Season

  Contact: Michelle Belan Director of Marketing and Sales 412.561.6000 x203 mbelan@picttheatre.org www.picttheatre.org   Get turned on by PICT’s electrifying 2012 season!   American playwrights, Friel and Chekhov bring five Pittsburgh premieres – and new lower ticket prices! – to town this season . Pittsburgh, PA – October 12, 2011. Flip the switch and watch… Read more »

2013 Casting Announcement

Get turned on by PICT’s electrifying 2012 season! American playwrights, Friel and Chekhov bring five Pittsburgh premieres – and new lower ticket prices! – to town this season Pittsburgh, PA – October 12, 2011. Flip the switch and watch the sparks fly as PICT raises the voltage with their hot 2012 season! Pittsburgh audiences will… Read more »