OUR MISSION Invigorate lives through fresh theatrical experiences.
OUR DIFFERENCE Engaging work that intersects contemporary culture and music-focused theatrics with a twist on the expected.
WHY The greatest moments of life are beautiful experiences we share. We aim to create glimpses of that behind the scenes, amidst our audiences, and on our stages.
OUR AUDIENCES People who love Prima are culturally adventurous. They are forward-focused, explorative, and energetic.
Katie Cole | Operations Coordinaor
Chelsea Jones | Business Operations Director
Sara Dodson | Project Manager
Christine Nickel | Patron Care Specialist
Megan Witkovsky | Patron Care Coordinator
Caitlin Auyer | Graphic Designer
Jared Drennen | Bookkeeper
Gloria Grossman | Accountant
Maeve O'Brien | Marketing & Administrative Associate
Kristen Brewer | Artistic Associate
Mariah Keener | Community Care & Music Associate
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joe Frank | Aspire Ventures, LLC (President)
Sheri Riley | Murray Securus (Vice President)
Todd Bartos | Bartos Group (Treasurer)
Marcille Crossland | 1847Financial (Secretary)
Kevin Ditzler | United Way of Lancaster
Robert Grossman | Retired Executive
Hunter Johnson | TONO Group
Joe Wirbick | Sequinox
Ann Barshinger | Honorary Member
Maggie Boland | Signature Theatre
Jerry Eckert | Development Professional
David Everett | JDK Group
Andy Esbenshade | Berkshire Hathaway HomeSale
Cindy Sawicki | Willow Valley Communities
Prima produces invigorating experiences. As Lancaster's boutique theatrical experience, our events bridge contemporary music and musical theatre. Prima is known for intimate, authentic and energizing performances with powerful musicianship. This has attracted Broadway's best, including Stephen Schwartz, Adam Pascal, Billy Porter, Jason Robert Brown, Jeremy Schonfeld, Shoshana Bean, and Josefina Scaglione. Additionally, the organization offers special events management and entertainment booking. PRiMA is honored to be a part of the ever-increasing cultural vitality of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Prima began in 2010 with a group of theatre professionals who were passionate about shaking up the cultural status quo with top-notch and immersive performances.
Executive Producer Mitch Nugent and his wife Diana founded Prima on the belief that the arts are at their best when they are relevant and engaging. They started by bringing together the region’s finest talent for cabarets at Prince Street Cafe. At venues across the region, the organization began producing boutique musicals, concerts, cabarets and special events. Since then, Prima productions continue to be contagiously engaging experiences for arts patrons as well as a new generation of culturally engaged citizens.
Notable productions include First Date, The Last Five Years, Oz in Concert, Songs For A New World, 80’s Re-Lived!, Elton John’s AIDA, Children of Eden, Chess, Big Fish and Tick Tick Boom. Guest artists include Tony and Grammy winners, including Jason Robert Brown, Josefina Scaglione, Shoshana Bean, Stephen Schwartz, Adam Pascal, and Billy Porter.
Prima is a community of people who believe that everyone deserves invigorating experiences. As a non-profit organization, Prima offers students influential hands-on internships, subsidized ticket opportunities, and master classes through the NextGen Initiative.
Special Events by PRiMA allows the organization to serve the community further by engaging in professional event management, including booking entertainers for special events. These efforts, in addition to our visionary investors and volunteers, make Prima a sustainable and growing cultural resource for the region.
Lancaster is increasingly becoming a more vibrant place thanks to the many companies and organizations that do their part in creating an energetic cultural experience in our region. The team at Prima is grateful to play a role in this movement.