About PICT Classic Theatre

Who We Are

Who is PICT?

PICT Classic Theatre is an internationally recognized, non-profit theatre company committed presenting the highest quality productions for the widest audience. Our productions feature innovative, minimalist design, and examine current social issues through the lens of classic text. With over 111 productions in our 25-year history, PICT continues to bring beloved works to the stage to approximately 6,000 patrons in person and 11,000 patrons online each season.

What is Classic Theatre? PICT's Minimalist Approach

We define a “classic” as a work that is true of its time and for all time. We define minimalism as the process of creating theatre with the actor as the center and heart of the presentation. The text and its themes and style come next. All other aspects of production and presentation such as setting, costumes, lighting, and sound are kept to a minimum and only serve to enhance and support the work of the actor.

Our productions celebrate the artistry of classic text through the craft of modern performance, but those are not our only strengths. PICT is also dedicated to the principle of employing local talent in all facets of the company, and to the duty of educating and training the next generation of Pittsburgh theatre makers in analysis, appreciation and execution of the performance of classic work.  Lastly, and most importantly, we are invested in our local community partnerships: a theater of Pittsburgh, by Pittsburgh, and for Pittsburgh. PICT strives through the art of theatre and the interpretation of classic text to create a platform for our community to discourse on the issues relevant to our current time, and work toward connection and solution.

Long after the curtain falls, PICT Classic Theatre will remind you of the moment you first felt the power of a great performance.

For all venue accessible needs and questions, please contact our Box Office at (412) 561-6000, x 207

The Cast of PICT Classic Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT

The Cast of PICT Classic Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT

Mission Statement

PICT Classic Theatre’s mission is to engage with, entertain, and serve the Pittsburgh community by examining current social issues through the lens of classic text.

Our Vision

To produce professional and challenging drama for the widest audience through innovative and imaginative theatrical presentation.

Core Values

We exist to serve as an essential artistic and educational resource for the Pittsburgh community.

We are dedicated to achieving the highest quality of artistic expression.

We demonstrate integrity and respect for others in all our dealings.

We create a safe and collaborative workspace founded in equity, inclusivity, and accessibility.

We endeavor always to be financially prudent and disciplined.

  • We operate as a Not-For-Profit organization.

Core Values Expanded

  • We believe in the power of live theatre, of art and of compassion.
  • We believe creativity is an essential part of what it means to be human.
  • We exist to bring people together for the unique emotional experience of theatre, especially the younger members of our community.
  • We are dedicated to the support of local artists and offer every encouragement to help them continue to make Pittsburgh their viable artistic home for this city's rich talent.
  • 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 environment that is based on and around a committed team and acting company, where the best of new talent is nurtured.
  • We provide a theatrical experience that is family-friendly and welcoming to everyone. 
  • We create and uphold a culture of respect in all interactions with artists, staff, board, audiences, donors and vendors at every point of contact, that engages and nurtures all constituencies.
  • 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.

“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.”

Oscar Wilde

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 October 20, 2020, PICT has produced 110 main stage shows, including eleven world premieres, nine U.S. premieres, forty-six Pittsburgh premieres and four festivals.

PAST SEASONS AND PRODUCTIONS

Our Family

Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director

Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director

Alan Stanford is Artistic & Executive Director of PICT Classic Theatre and has been a part of the PICT family for over a decade.   Mr. Stanford’s professional career in theatre has spanned more than 50 years, as actor, director, and writer, of the stage and screen. He is the founder and former Artistic Director of Ireland’s Second Age Theatre Company, and for more than 30 years, was a leading actor and principal director with the renowned Gate Theatre, Dublin. Mr. Stanford had the honor of serving on the Arts Council of Ireland from 2003 through 2008.  He holds the privilege of directing Harold Pinter in his own play, The Collection.  Mr. Stanford has presented many of his own adaptations internationally, most notably Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which he directed, most recently, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2015. For more than 20 years, Mr. Stanford has played the role of Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, on the international stage. Known as Ireland’s leading exponent of the works of Oscar Wilde, Mr. Stanford performed in PICT’s The Importance of Being Earnest and directed Salome and Lady Windermere’s Fan.  Last season, he produced a three-part celebration of Wilde with “In the Company of Oscar Wilde”, “Wilde Fairy Tales” and “The Trial of Oscar Wilde”. Last on the PICT stage for PICT’s Wilde celebration and The Lion in Winter as Henry II, Mr. Stanford also produced and directed a World Premiere adaptation of Oedipus Rex, from Sophocles, to critical acclaim.  With his own adaptation and direction of The Old Curiosity Shop, he completes a trilogy of Dickensian classics for PICT, which included Oliver Twist (2015, adaptation and Director) and Great Expectations(2014, Director).

Sharon McCune, Associate Producer

Sharon McCune, Associate Producer

Sharon McCune No stranger to the PICT stage, Ms. McCune has delighted audiences as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Ghosts in A Christmas Carol (*voted 2nd in City Paper’s 2021 Best of Pittsburgh Awards), Webinar iterations of Gertrude and Lady Macbeth; Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, and Jocasta in Oedipus Rex. Her extensive experience in the classic canon and passion for education led her to her role as PICT’s first Associate Producer and Curator of the inaugural Expand the Canon series.

Ms. McCune is a mainstay of Pittsburgh theater, having performed most recently in Jay Ball’s World Premiere adaptation of An Odyssey for Quantum; ZOOM productions of TJ Parker Young’s The Inseparables (a “loose” adaptation of Dumas’ classic The Three Musketeers) and Lysistrata with the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime series; Pittsburgh Public Theatre (*Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski’s all female The Tempest); Bricolage Production Company, The REP, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks as Brutus in Julius Caesar (the first all-female cast). Regionally, Ms. McCune has worked with Barter Theater, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, First-Stage Milwaukee (World Premiere of Burgess Clark’s adaptation of Island of the Blue Dolphins), Phoenix Theater (Twelfth Night directed by Sir John Barton), Stage One, New Harmony Theater, American Players Theater, Native Voices at the Autry, Academy for New Musical Theater, Theater Neo, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where she is a co-founding company member.

Her educational experience includes teaching ESL to students of all ages in China; a member of the Standarized Patient Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University, teaching…Shakespeare. She has a smattering of television/film credits including The Last Witch Hunter, Downward Dog, and the board game, SpyQuest. You can find her audiobook, Wicked Dangerous by Julie Kriss on Audible, guest narration for the SFWA’s Nebula Awards, narrating news articles on Curio, and a climate fiction short story. https://grist.org/fix/imagine-2200-climate-fiction-seance-in-the-anthropocene/.

Nicole McClain, Grant Writer

Nicole McClain, Grant Writer

Ms. McClain has a Master of Arts Management from H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University. As principal fundraiser with Literacy for Environmental Justice, McClain launched a major gifts program and set up the framework for long term financial planning. She also worked with several Bay Area nonprofits like TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, California Summer Music, and TheatreFIRST to form strategic fundraising plans and seek qualified donor prospects.

Many of the nonprofits McClain previously worked with supported children’s creativity introducing them to fun activities within the arts. Along with outstanding fundraising and grant writing experience, Nicole brings with her a strong affinity for the Pittsburgh arts community and arts education initiatives.

In her time off, McClain enjoys volunteering and sharing her wealth of knowledge with organizations like the Red Poppy Art House, Fremont Opera, and the Grand Theatre Center in Tracy, CA.

Rebecca McNeil, Consulting CFO

Rebecca McNeil, Consulting CFO

Ms. McNeil joined PICT as the Shared CFO for the Arts Finance Cohort (Contemporary Craft, New Hazlett Theater, PICT Classic Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center and The Union Project) in February 2015.  Most recently working as Director of Finance for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, she has over 19 years of experience in accounting and financial management for not-for-profit arts organizations.  As a CPA, a CGMA and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Arts Management Program, she brings a wealth of expertise and financial knowledge to the organizations in the cohort.  Rebecca works with the staff and board of each organization to ensure compliance with financial regulations as well as helping strategically focus on long-term goals.

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

Co-President

Eileen Clancy


Co-President

Joseph Parsons


Treasurer

Theresa Donato


Secretary

Carolyn S. Ludwig


Pauline Taylor-Raiff

Chair, Governance
Vice Chair, Advisory Board


D. Larry Brophy

Vice Chair, Advisory Board


Laura Bunting


Dr. Henry Driscoll


Gail Gerono


Pattie Hazen


Dolores Nypaver


Peter Smerd

Chair, Advisory Board


Advisory Board

Ashish Badjatia, De'netta Benjamin-Miller, Diane V. Byrnes, Eryn Correa, Kevin Geider, Kenneth "Kel" Laeger, Jim Lamb, Robert Levin, Charles & Karen Mollenberg, Jessica Neiss, Kristen Olsen PhD, Mona Rush EdD, Jennifer Trehar, Katheryn Wagner-Bowe, Adam Zell


Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director

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Sharon McCune, Associate Producer

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Nicole McClain, Grant Writer