Philadelphia Theatre Company

1 Dec 2016


Heather Alicia Simms, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Chandra Thomas, Keona Welch in Ruined. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) produces, develops, and presents contemporary theater work focused on the American experience. Since its founding in 1974, PTC has presented more than 200 world and Philadelphia premieres, with more than half of its world premieres touring to other cities. These include Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Golden Age, Bill Irwin’s The Happiness Lecture, and Being Alive, conceived and directed by Billy Porter with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The company has received more than 50 Barrymore Awards from Theatre Philadelphia. In 2020, PTC received a Center Project grant for the premiere of The Tattooed Lady, a musical by librettist Erin Courtney and composer Max Vernon that foregrounds the bravery, artistry, and bodily autonomy of a group of women who embraced personal transformation through tattoos. Past Center support has included grants to produce Ruined (2010), Golden Age (2009), and Grey Gardens (2008). In 2021, PTC received a Re:imagining Recovery grant to convert a presently unfinished 2,800-square-foot space on the second floor of its building into a multifunctional studio, supporting the company’s development of new theater work and serving as a complement to its proscenium mainstage.