The PGT mission fosters building a community and connecting meaningfully with the greater community around us. Our work is focused entirely on the love of the craft and the life lessons that are a natural result of a healthy and non-competitive creative process. We are proud of all that our students accomplish, while they are here in our “home” and once they go out into the world. In essence, we see the artists they can become, while we celebrate the children they are.
We love to hear from our worldwide PGT family - everyday successes and challenges from our alumni, revelations from our audience members, words of thanks from PGT parents - and we thought you might like to hear what they have to say about The Play Group Theatre. Here are just a few first hand thoughts that community members have taken the time to share with us...
"Since that first play, the PGT productions that Sarah has been in have truly been the highlight of each academic year for her. It is not just about learning to become a better actress or to develop her voice — which of course is a big part of PGT — but it is about becoming part of a safe, nurturing community outside your insular school community, where you can learn, grow, laugh, lend an ear, and take risks as an actor, person and friend. " Read full letter >>
"People come to the glorious productions that y'all give birth to, and they have no idea what they are seeing. They don't know that you have played such an instrumental role in shaping the lives of the kids on that stage." More parent letters >>
"My son is a better person because of PGT." Lee Perlman PGT Parent
"PGT is a place where my children get to experience first-hand that each part, whether large or small, is essential to the whole" Vitina Biondo PGT Parent
"She now knows what it is like to be part of a highly creative, hard working, ever striving-to-be-better, boisterous theatre family and I can't thank you enough!" Diane Alexander PGT Parent
The magic PGT creates
It was during the middle of a very packed school week, at about 9:30pm, and my husband and I were sitting in the kitchen waiting for our 5th grade daughter Sarah to come home from a late rehearsal for her first PGT play. Mark turned to me and asked, “Is this really worth it?” (She was, after all, playing a tin soldier!) Then Sarah walked through the door — all jazzed up, glowing, happy, filled with an energy that was palpable and infectious. And that answered Mark’s question. Since that first play, the PGT productions that Sarah has been in have truly been the highlight of each academic year for her. It is not just about learning to become a better actress or to develop her voice — which of course is a big part of PGT — but it is about becoming part of a safe, nurturing community outside your insular school community, where you can learn, grow, laugh, lend an ear, and take risks as an actor, person and friend. Now, five years later, as Sarah enters 10th grade, we look forward to ALL the shows, not just the ones Sarah is in, because we love watching the magic that PGT creates on stage, and we appreciate the magic PGT creates within each of its kids.
Laura Chamberlain PGT Parent
More from the PGT Parents...
"People come to the glorious productions that y'all give birth to, and they have no idea what they are seeing. They don't know that you have played such an instrumental role in shaping the lives of the kids on that stage. What you have taught them about discipline, about respect, about ensemble, about ego, about trust, about risk, about life...." ~ Rabbi Billy Dreskin
"Everything Maddie has learned to love and cherish about performing she has learned from you: the respect for the craft and for the other actors, the importance of being part of the "whole," the courage to dig deep inside for the sake of the role. WE thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being not only her mentors but her friends and for caring so deeply." ~ Donna Pollack
"We feel grateful to Jill and Steven and the entire PGT staff for creating the kind of environment that nurtures the artist and the soul in our children all at once. The support, friendship, artistic challenge and fun that Natalie has enjoyed for the past eight years is truly a gift, but not just to Natalie - to us as well!" ~ Annette Rotter
"Through work and play and connection at PGT, Sarah has been transformed. Awkward became elegant, self-conscious became confident. She found her true self and is running with it. At PGT Sarah opened up and trusted, learned and loved - this by being a part of a creative process in a nurturing atmosphere that demand her best, her full commitment. What a gift you have given us!" ~ Elise Gabe
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