Riverfront Theater Company Performing Arts & Education is a community tradition which has lasted for over fifty-five years.
We pride ourselves on being part of the community. A place where enthusiastic volunteers can work and play together, educate and mentor to young people, and create quality, affordable theater. We strive to be a welcoming, and encouraging group who have created a comfortable and easily accessible theater experience for actors and theater tech people throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Riverfront Theater began as the Faux Paw Players and then changed its name to the Fox Chapel Community Players, performing shows in the garage of a home in the Falconhurst housing plan back in the early-1960s. It became increasingly popular and moved first to O’Hara Elementary School, and then finally, changed its name to Stage Right and moved to Boyd Community Center — now replaced by the Lauri Ann West Community Center. After producing a few shows in the new center, we held our 2018 season of shows at both The Oaks Theater, in Oakmont, and at the beautiful Aspinwall Riverfront Park. In the beginning of 2019, we were invited to make Aspinwall Riverfront Park our home.
Many past and present members of the Riverfront Theater family have taken the skills they’ve honed with us and applied them to professional careers in the entertainment industry. We are constantly re-evaluating what we do and will always strive to become an even better source of cultural and creative experiences and continue to be a proving ground for the professionals of tomorrow.
What does Riverfront Theater do?
Riverfront Theater typically does four shows per year — winter, spring, summer and fall, one for each of the seasons.
Typically, we have two days of auditions; 6 weeks of rehearsals; 2 weekends of performances (total of 8 weeks), depending on the venue.
Rehearsals are generally held in the evenings (7–9:30 p.m.), and occasionally on weekends.
We have a great group of volunteers who build sets, find props and furniture, and handle costuming and front of house responsibilities.
Riverfront Theater has collaborated with the Aspinwall Riverfront Park to produce special events in their Pavilion and Welcome Center. In the past, these included Swing Dance lessons and open dancing, and we look forward to producing other fun, community-themed events.
Riverfront Junior Summer Theater Camp held at Aspinwall Riverfront Park
Mentoring to young people with hands-on behind-the-scenes theater experience
Riverfront Theater is deeply connected to the District Association's Fox Chapel Follies
We provide the director, stage manager, lighting tech (and equipment), costumes, set pieces, and props
The 2016 Follies included eight board members and a dozen regular cast and crew members!
The Fox Chapel Follies raises large amounts of money which is used by the District Association for a wide variety of projects which benefit our local neighborhoods.
Riverfront Theater was an active participant in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival from 2009 to 2018 and has won multiple Donna Awards. We look forward to rejoining the festival in the near future.
Board of Directors
Jim Froehlich, President, Business Manager
David Lu, Vice President
James McDonald, Vice President
Jaye Tupponce, Treasurer
Kelsey Gdovin, Secretary
Randi Ippolito, Board Chair
Jenna Bowman, Director of Education and Artistic Director
Hillary Santel, Director of Media and Publicity
Bill Boag, Technical Director
Sara Blike, Director of Outreach
Patti McCaffrey, Director of Outreach
Beth Spatz, Costuming Chair
Amanda Leight, Volunteer
Catherine Parham, Volunteer
Diana Biordi, Volunteer
Bill Ivins, Member Emeritus
Board of Directors
Proud participant 2009–2018