People's Light

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Melanye Finister, Ruffin Prentiss, Michael Genet, and Margaret Ivey in All My Sons (2015). Photo by Mark Garvin.

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From left to right: Teri Lamm, Brian Huynh, Carla Belver, Julianna Zinkel, and Jesse Pennington in Auctioning the Ainsleys (2015). Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Pete Pryor in Richard III (2016). Photo by Paola Nogueras.

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Christopher Patrick Mullen and Susan McKey in Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon (2014). Photo by Mark Garvin.

Now in its 41st season, People's Light is one of Pennsylvania's largest professional nonprofit theaters and is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people. The company produces 7 to 9 plays per season, mixing world premieres, contemporary plays, and fresh approaches to classic texts. Center Project grants to People's Light include New Play Frontiers, a new play development program matching six writers with specific Philadelphia-area neighborhoods; a production of The Winter's Tale, directed by Scottish director Guy Hollands of Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland; and the upcoming premiere of a new music-theater work, the Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. In 2016, People's Light received a Center Advancement grant to conduct an in-depth market analysis and develop the company's approach to diversifying its programs, attracting new audiences, and deepening relationships with existing audiences.