Pioneer Theatre Company
Salt Lake City
Pioneer Theatre Company presents a diverse spectrum of outstanding theatre that explores the whole range of human experience, challenging the mind, stirring emotions, igniting imaginations, and stimulating discussion. The Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) is one of four professional theatre companies in Utah and the only fully professional theatre in SLC, employing Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), United Scenic Artists members (USA829), and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Salt Lake City’s main professional theatre is at the intersection of Broadway (300 South) and 1400 East.
Pioneer Theatre Company, a completely professional theatre in residence at the University of Utah, was founded in 1962. The building is divided into three floors and has two stages. The Main Stage can accommodate 932 people, while the Babcock Theatre in the basement can accommodate 350 people. There are five regular classrooms, as well as various practice halls and dressing rooms, in the edifice. Faculty members of the University of Utah Department of Theatre use these spaces as classrooms and offices. October 1962 was a very important date for Utah. The Pioneer Memorial Theatre became the professional “State Theatre of Utah.”
From September through May, PTC presents a seven-play season that includes a mix of classics, large-scale musicals, and world premieres. Concert-style musicals and new play readings are also part of the season. The group makes its own productions, including costumes and scenery, and sometimes hires actors and directors from other states.
The theatre has built a reputation for Broadway-quality performances over the last 10 years, including staging Utah premieres as well as regional theatrical premieres. The Pioneer Theatre Company is notable for being the first rural theatre in the country to secure the rights to play Les Misérables, the season’s closing musical. By running to a record of 82 sold-out performances, Les Misérables solidified PTC’s status as a theatre capable of staging large-scale, demanding productions.
Pioneer Theatre Company has previously presented major musicals such as The Producers, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Into the Woods, Cabaret, and Ragtime, as well as classics and adaptations such as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Grapes of Wrath. August Wilson’s Fences, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, David Auburn’s Proof, Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, and David Hare’s The Vertical Hour were among the first works by modern playwrights to be produced in Utah.