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The Lifespan of a…Lie?

What is Two Truths and a Lie? “It’s an icebreaker exercise in which a person shares two facts about themselves that are true and one that is false,” says director Wes Grantom. “This activity has helped us get to know each other as we rehearse.” So, what better way to get to know the cast … Continued

Is that a fact? – A media roundtable

Is that a fact? —Updated Join us for a FREE roundtable discussion featuring Fox 13 News’ BEN WINSLOW, KUER 90.1‘s ANDREW BECKER and The Salt Lake Tribune’s BETHANY RODGERS, discussing what constitutes facts in the news today and how it informs their work. The roundtable will occur directly after the first Saturday matinee performance of The … Continued

Massimine receives Humanitarian of the Year Award

This just in! A huge congratulations to Chris Massimine, PTC’s Managing director on receiving the National Performing Arts Action Association 2019 Humanitarian of the Year! We’re very proud of Chris’s accomplishments and excited to bring those skills to Salt Lake City. October 16, 2019 press release:  Today the [National Performing Arts Action Association] NPAAA announced … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Cagney” and Concert Productions

Happy Opening Night!   Wow. I have been delinquent in my blogging. So sorry.   Cagney opens tonight. It has been a whirlwind—rehearsing and refining this charming piece. The technical elements are incredible. Twelve actors and more than 150 costumes?! You kind of have to see it to believe it, and I hope you will. … Continued

Director’s Brief: We’re Baaack!

We’re baaaack! I know it seems like I just signed off for the summer but things are bustling at PTC as we prepare for the arrival of the cast of our first show of the season- CAGNEY. The scene shop and costume shop have been working for a couple of weeks already, the cast travels … Continued

Industry Round-up from Playbill

Chris Massimine  Managing Director at Pioneer Theatre Company (Salt Lake City, UT) The recent Drama Desk-winning producer for the Joel Grey-helmed Fiddler on the Roof will partner with Artistic Director Karen Azenberg for a season that includes The Lifespan of a Fact, Once On This Island, and Something Rotten!. Massimine currently serves as co-development chair at the Alliance of Resident … Continued

The Passing of a Legend

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Harold Prince, a game-changer, uniting voice, and the heart and soul of Broadway. To the world his name and legacy was larger than life, but to me he was Hal- a friend who delighted in conversation on craft, family, life, and integrity; a mentor (one of hundreds … Continued

Cagney Cast Announced

This happened this week: (SALT LAKE CITY, UT)— With July 4th around the corner, the Broadway-bound production of Cagney, based on the life of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” star Academy Award winner James Cagney, has completed its casting and returns to the stage, opening Pioneer Theatre Company’s (PTC) season this fall. The production will run from … Continued

Director’s Brief: Summer Vacation

I took a trip to Israel this summer after a much needed break from the season. Went to the cutest theatre in Jerusalem – perfect to be a second stage – it’s a tricky commute though. At the western wall and floating in the Dead Sea. Sunset over the Sea of Galilee. I’ll be back … Continued

Director’s Brief: PTC actors show up at the Tonys

I want to give a shout out and a huge congratulations to some of our PTC actors. They are having the celebration of their lives this weekend with Sunday’s Tony Awards, which are honor the nominated shows they are currently in this season on Broadway. Nominated for Best Musical, “Beetlejuice” includes Alex Brightman (Henry in … Continued