What We Are
QUANTUM THEATRE is a kind of laboratory…
an incubator for the amazing, christened in 1990, rededicated each year with the rites of spring to its mission to bring forth artists forging new theatrical ground.
They are playwrights, directors, actors, influencers. They come from Pittsburgh, from around the country, and from around the world. Productions are staged environmentally in places that aren’t theatres. Quantum’s artists mine all kinds of non-traditional spaces for the sensory possibilities they offer when combined with creative design. We find it meaningful to place the audience and performers together, the moving parts inside the works.
The shows run the gamut from those you thought you knew but now experience like never before, to shows that didn’t exist until their elements mixed in our laboratory. Sometimes there’s singing. Often a sunset. Always a reaction.
We want to move people with our experiments. We believe that the theatre has limitless ability to put people in motion. If any art can transform, open a mind, the theatre can. We are interested in real life and how it intersects with a theatrical experience—resulting in plays staged outside where a moon may rise, or not, or an urban excavation where street noises will infiltrate, or a warehouse in winter where the audience might need blankets… then watch a performer strip naked and take a shower. We’re looking for truthfulness, knowing that the word is a slippery slope. We give voice to artists who invest deeply and touch the personal, even as they tell a tale, a far-off, magical, scary, too-close-to-home, knee-slapping, sob-inducing tale.