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Front Porch Theatricals
Front Porch Theatricals

About Us

Leon S. Zionts, Nancy D. Zionts, Bruce E. G. Smith, Producers

 

FRONT PORCH THEATRICALS PRODUCERS

Front Porch Theatricals, “Pittsburgh’s Boutique Professional Musical Theater Company” is excited to be embarking on its 7th season. Dedicated to providing our region with meaningful, socially relevant, high-quality musicals featuring Pittsburgh's actor, artistic and technical talent base. The company is proud of its emphasis on mentoring young talent in leadership positions through our apprentice and internship programs. Focusing on established and emerging local talent in music, choreography, scenic, lighting, sound and costume design, Front Porch creates a high level professional vehicle for directors and artists to realize the vision of their project.

Front Porch Theatricals was formed by Bruce E.G. Smith, a local businessman, and Leon S. Zionts, an attorney and actor, to mount a professional production of the locally written and composed musical, Only Me, at East Liberty’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater in 2009.  That endeavor achieved both artistic and financial success and encouraged them to continue.  A key component of the initial success was the gracious support of friends, as well as Pittsburgh’s arts foundation community (The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among others). 

Front Porch next produced Next to Normal in 2012 and In The Heights in 2013, both in collaboration with Carrnivale Theatrics.  In 2014, Bruce and Leon, with co-producer Nancy Zionts, produced the highly acclaimed Parade, directed by Benjamin Shaw. In 2015, Front Porch produced its first two-show season with The Last Five Years (directed and designed by Scott Calhoon), and The Light in the Piazza (directed by Stephen Santa).  In 2016, Front Porch presented its “American Dreamers” season, of The Spitfire Grill and Floyd Collins, both directed by Rachel Stevens.

2016 also saw the company become an IRS Section 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, proudly joining our region’s nonprofit theater community, which has been so welcoming.  Front Porch continues to enjoy strong collaborations with Pittsburgh’s local university and conservatory theater programs, as well as many other regional theater companies.

We hope you enjoy our 2017 “Journeys & Tall Tales” season. See you in August at Big Fish.