Welcome to the Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse website
There is a lyric from an obscure Broadway musical called Applause that states "When you've got good Friends you've got a good life. Think about that!"
There is absolutely no doubt that life at The Pasadena Playhouse is made not just good, but so much better by our wonderful FRIENDS organization.
This group of passionate theatre lovers serves the theatre in so many vital and important ways. They bring joy, expertise, skill, intelligence and (perhaps most important) a genuine love of the art and craft of the theatre to everything that they do.
Their deep affection, dare I say love, of The Pasadena Playhouse is quite palpable to all who know them well, and even apparent to those who are visiting our theatre for the first time.
Truly they are our "ambassadors of good will" and they spread their many charms to our audiences, to the artists who work here, to the staff and among themselves. Our good FRIENDS certainly help to make The Pasadena Playhouse the very beautiful and very special theatre that it has been for years, and I have no doubt that they will continue to serve The Playhouse in that way for years.
- Sheldon Epps, the Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director Emeritus of The Pasadena Playhouse
Our Mission Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse provide services for and stimulate interest in The Pasadena Playhouse.
Our History Early in 1979 a small notice appeared in the newspaper requesting that anyone interested in assisting with the reopening of The Pasadena Playhouse attend a meeting. Over 80 people showed up for the meeting held at Ambassador College. That was the beginning of the Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse.
What we do Since then, the organization has grown to about 400 volunteers who usher, feed a cast and production crew, help with mailings, maintain The Playhouse Archives, give tours and assist with many other services required by the theatre. The dollar value of the total volunteer hours in 2015 amounts to $946.119.57.
While they are not a fundraising group, in recent years they have raised a substantial amount of money to help The Playhouse. The Friends have purchased two sets of washing machines and dryers, computers and microphones for the box office, a dust collection system for a shop, refrigerators for various areas of the theatre, a color copier, a special Canon camera, new benches, a 24 Loop-Receivers (hearing devices) with Head Phones and as well as many other items. They have donated money for special events like an annual Gala, The Hot House, Diversity Project, Student Matinees. They also have raised money for items such as new seats, carpeting, , the day-to-day running costs of The Playhouse. In 2015, the total of donations given by the Friends was over $35,000.
To learn more about "Million Dollar Friends", you can read Steve Julian's article published in 2011 in "This Stage LA".
Website image credit: La Tienda/Georgia McClay Friendship Center of The Pasadena Playhouse by Peggy Ebright. Used by permission. TheCenter is named after a long time volunteer and friend of the theatre. It hosts interactive exhibits, dramaturgical material and conversation surrounding the Main Stage productions. Website designer: Natalya Pashkova. Web management: Patti La Marr and Natalya Pashkova. Published: August 12, 2016. Last update: March 25, 2017.
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Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization.