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"Our first season laid the groundwork for creating innovative theatrical opportunities that offered students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to mount a new work alongside a professional artistic team, while at the same time, bringing exceptional and entertaining productions to Pittsburgh audiences."

Paul Hennigan, president, Point Park University

Point Park University’s award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse 2019-20 season features a compelling lineup of new and classic works, including the Tony Award®-winning musical Parade directed by Tony Award®-winning alumnus Rob Ashford, the world premiere musical Pump Up the Volume, and the Off-Broadway hit, Good Grief. The season runs Oct. 10, 2019 – May 7, 2020.

“Our first season laid the groundwork for creating innovative theatrical opportunities that offered students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to mount a new work alongside a professional artistic team, while at the same time, bringing exceptional and entertaining productions to Pittsburgh audiences,” said Paul Hennigan, Ed.D., president of Point Park.

According to Hennigan, after last season’s well-received collaboration with RWS Entertainment Group on The Old Man and the Sea, “The Pittsburgh Playhouse will once again collaborate with RWS on the world premiere musical Pump Up the Volume, which will feature Point Park students performing alongside professional actors.”      

“This coming season, we’re also anticipating an exceptional Conservatory Dance Company season and another stellar lineup for the Media Innovators Speaker Series, which will be announced soon,” he added.     

The productions for the upcoming season were carefully chosen to be thought-provoking, entertaining and innovative, according to Ronald Allan-Lindblom, artistic director, Pittsburgh Playhouse.

“This diverse and formidable collection of productions explores the complexity of relationships, race, freedom of speech and culture, addressing the very societal issues we’re experiencing today.” 

Of exceptional note this coming season, he added, “is the opportunity to welcome home several accomplished alumni, both in playwright and directing roles, who we hope will embrace the new facility and our talented students as a national laboratory for artistic exploration.”

Headlining returning alumni are Tony Award®-winning director Rob Ashford who will direct Parade, Good Grief playwright Ngozi Anyanwu and The Wolves director Rachel Stevens

Show and Ticket Information

For additional information about each show as well as subscription/ticket information, visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com or call 412-392-8000. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.


Conservatory Theatre Company Season

Good Grief

By Ngozi Anyanwu; directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Oct. 18 – 27, 2019; preview Oct. 17 | Rauh Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare; directed by Steven Wilson
Nov. 8 – 17, 2019; preview Nov. 7 | PNC Theatre

Adding Machine: A Musical

Composed by Joshua Schmidt/libretto by Jason Loewith and  Joshua Schmidt; based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice; directed by Tlaloc Rivas
Dec. 6 – 15, 2019; preview Dec. 5 | Highmark Theatre

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe; directed by Rachel Stevens
Feb. 21 – March 8, 2020; preview Feb. 20 | Highmark Theatre

Parade

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Alfred Uhry; directed by Rob Ashford
March 13 – 22, 2020; preview March 12 | PNC Theatre

Pump Up the Volume

Book and lyrics by Jeremy Desmon, music by Jeff Thomson; directed by Dave Solomon; produced in collaboration with RWS Entertainment Group
April 3 – 12, 2020; preview April 2 | Highmark Theatre


Conservatory Dance Company Season

The Conservatory Dance Company season celebrates the profound contributions women have made to the world of dance by featuring a lineup that includes all female guest choreographers.

“We’re centering the dance season around the theme of women’s voices,” said Garfield Lemonius, M.F.A., chair and associate artistic director of Point Park’s dance department. “The works will showcase the brilliant versatility of our dancers, and audiences will enjoy works that are new to Pittsburgh, the world, along with cornerstone works of dance legends such as Martha Graham.”

The season includes:

Contemporary Choreographers

Oct. 10 – 13, 2019
George Rowland White Performance Studio, Point Park University 

Fall Student Choreography Project

Nov. 15 – 17, 2019
George Rowland White Performance Studio, Point Park University

Winter Dance Concert

Dec. 6 – 15, 2019
PNC Theatre

Faculty Dance Concert

Feb. 20 – 23, 2020
George Rowland White Performance Studio, Point Park University

Spring Student Choreography Project

April 3 – 5, 2020
George Rowland White Performance Studio, Point Park University

Spring Dance Concert

April 15 – 19, 2020
PNC Theatre


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