Saturday, November 14, 2009

PITT and PICT Spring Collaboration

Media Contacts:

F.J. Hartland – 412.624.0933 or

Melissa Hill Grande – 412.561.6000 x203 or


PITT and PICT announce theatrical initiative

Collaboration brings new plays to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA -- November 13, 2009. A new theatrical collaboration will soon be bringing new plays to light in Pittsburgh. “New Classics,” a co-venture of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT), will present readings of new plays throughout 2009-2010.

The reading series will be free and open to the public, and will be followed by a talk-back moderated by F.J. Hartland, Director of Marketing and Communication for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts, and Melissa Hill Grande, Marketing Director and Artistic Associate for PICT.

Persons who are unable to attend the reading in person will be able to view it online via LIPLO™ (Live and in Person, Live and Online), a new internet technology pioneered by PICT Operations Director Stephanie Riso and Alex Geis. Geis of 21 Productions and videographer Randy Griffith of RLG Creations will live-broadcast the readings, and viewers will be able to respond via live chat as they watch the performances on the LIPLO™ website,

According to Dr. Bruce McConachie, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, “We are looking forward to this collaboration with PICT and the opportunities it will offer our students.”

Operations Director Stephanie Riso echoes the sentiment, states “PICT is pleased to be able to open up new ways to engage Pitt students with the greater theatre community through this new initiative,” and hopes it will strengthen Pittsburgh’s place on the map for building bridges and new pathways to experience live work.

Utilizing the talents of directors and actors from both organizations, “New Classics” launches on Nov. 22 with Carapace by David Robinson of Athens, Ohio. The play will be directed by Melissa Hill Grande and presented at 7 p.m. in the Henry Heymann Theatre at the Stephen Foster Memorial on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Carapace explores the complicated relationship between Jeff, an alcoholic sportscaster, and his grown daughter Margo. Jeff attempts make amends with Margo on her twenty-third birthday by bringing her a very special gift.

Robinson is a current MFA Playwrighting candidate at Ohio University. A native Minnesotan, he received his BA in Literature/Theater from the New College of Florida. In addition to Carapace, Robinson has spent his first two years at Ohio University developing Terminal Condition, Gestalt and Family Matters, which was selected as a semifinalist for this year's WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory. Outside of the realm of dramatic writing, David has written theater and film criticism for The Bradenton Herald and the film journal CineACTION. He is also the recipient of Ohio University's 2009 Scott McPherson Playwriting Award.

“New Classics” continues on Sunday, January 24, 2010 with The Small of Her Back by Dana Lynn Formby, directed by Martin Giles.

In The Small of Her Back, Danielle Fitzman believes the glass ceiling has been shattered allowing her to climb her way up the corporate ladder of the NP Power Company. When an opportunity opens on the board, Danielle must battle tit for tat—learning tit works more than tat. She finds defining the difference between sexual harassment and harmless flirting akin to drawing a line in sand during a windstorm.

Formby is a Chicago resident and a member of Chicago Dramatists.

A third reading is planned for Sunday, March 28th at 7 p.m.

The series is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information about “New Classics,” contact F. J. Hartland at 412.624.0933 or, or Melissa Grande at 412.561.6000 x203 or

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New Classics

Fact Sheet

All performances in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue in Oakland, on the University of Pittsburgh campus

Sunday, November 22nd – 7 p.m.

Carapace by David Robinson

Directed by Melissa Hill Grande

The Henry Heymann Theatre

Sunday, January 24th – 7 p.m.

The Small of Her Back by Dana Lynn Formby

Directed by Martin Giles

The Charity Randall Theatre

Sunday, March 28th – 7 p.m.

Programming TBA

The Charity Randall Theatre

Online viewing:

Free of charge and open to the public

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Executive Director for Urban Youth Action, Inc.


Contact: Audrey J. Murrell

Contact phone: 412/443-3591

Contact email:


Urban Youth Action, Inc. welcomes Ruthie D. King as its new Executive Director. With an impressive background in business and community leadership, King brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Pittsburgh’s oldest youth workforce development organization. With a successful track record of youth workforce development, educational partnerships and community engagement, King is well-position to help UYA continue its mission to prepare youth to be “work ready, life prepared and community minded”.

Before joining UYA, King served as Director for Educational Partnerships with UPMC where she developed strategies to create and expand pipeline workforce joint ventures with school districts, vocational and technical schools. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Culture Diversity Initiatives for UPMC and as an Economic Development and Marketing Representative for Equitable Resources (now EQT). She also served as one of the founding directors of FAME or the Fund for the Advancement of Minorities in Education. Taking on the challenge of leading UYA into the next phase of its mission to impact our region’s youth is something that King’s experience makes her well suited to undertake. As she notes, “Urban Youth Action is a dynamic, thriving youth and community organization, and I look forward to helping UYA guide even more students to achieve success in the region and beyond.”

Ruthie King holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Tennessee State University. She has served on a number of boards within our region including, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. CORO Center for Civic Leadership, Carnegie Library, Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater as well as the advisory boards for Bidwell Training Center and WQED. King is married and the mother of two children, who are both actively pursuing post-secondary degrees.

Urban Youth Action, Inc. is a 43-year-old youth workforce development and educational program serving high schools who live in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties. Headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is one of the nation’s oldest and the city’s most comprehensive workforce development programs for high school students within region. UYA’s mission is to prepare youth to be “work ready, life prepared and community minded” through comprehensive job readiness, educational support services, financial literacy and leadership development programming.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pittsburgh Magazine, Home of the Year Contest


CONTACT: Julie Talerico

Pittsburgh magazine


PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh magazine Holds First Annual "Home of the Year" Contest

This fall, Pittsburgh magazine will hold their first annual "Home of the Year" contest, sponsored by SPLASH!. The competition is open to interior, garden and landscape designers, architects, builders, remodelers, and kitchen and bath specialists. Winners will be chosen in several categories including: "Best New Custom Home," "Best Kitchen Design," "Best Outdoor Living Space" and "Best Green Home," sponsored by AIA Pittsburgh.

Projects completed after Sept. 1, 2007 are eligible. Entries will be judged by a nonpartisan, out-of-market group of experts, and select homes will be featured in the March 2010 issue of Pittsburgh magazine. A corresponding event is also planned for March.

The deadline for entry is December 15, 2009. For answers to frequently asked questions and to download the official entry packet, visit

Pittsburgh magazine is the leading, most-read publication in the region celebrating the people and places that make Pittsburgh the nation's most livable city. Launched in 1969, Pittsburgh magazine covers the best the city has to offer in the worlds of art and culture, business, dining and entertainment, nightlife, politics, sports, travel and style. To subscribe, call 800-495-7323 or visit

Monday, November 9, 2009



Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith

Public Relations

Tel. 412-628-5048




Giving Advocates Much to Discuss

Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 25, 2009) – Wendy Lopez, Rebecca Harris, Ana Harvy, Jayne Huston and by Bill Flanagan spoke on a Women Business Owners Advocacy panel at the 3rd Annual NAWBO Day Friday, October 2, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, at 10 AM.

There are 10.1 billion women owned businesses in the US, about 40% of all businesses in the country. At least 5% of federal contract spending is to be awarded to certified women owned firms. Yet over the past 10 years, this mandate has not been reached. In 2008 alone, it was missed by over 12 billion dollars, according to the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition, only 2.3% of money from institutional investors went to women owned businesses. Not only are women owned firms being awarded fewer government contracts and having less access to capital than male owned firms, female entrepreneurs are also being hit harder with high healthcare costs.

"Women start small businesses at twice the rate as men and usually have less capital, so these health insurance costs have a more severe impact on female entrepreneurs." said Deborah L. Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women's Foundation.

“Congress can't ignore the 10.1 million female entrepreneurs,” says Kelly Scanlon, chair-elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

The associations and programs represented by NAWBO Day’s Advocacy Panel continue to address these issues on the local, regional and national levels. These panelists have made it their duty to educate, defend and protect female entrepreneurs. Their organizations, along with NAWBO, have been responsible for making advancement possible. They have affected such change as the acknowledgement of women as business owners, the release of statistics on women owned businesses, secured loans for female owned businesses, and the formation of specialized training to educate women on starting and growing their businesses.

The advocacy panel consists of women who are themselves business owners and program directors, having had first hand experience with the obstacles that face female entrepreneurs. These four women are joined by Bill Flanagan, who has made it his responsibility to join in the press for change for women owned businesses.

In addition to the advocacy panel discussion, NAWBO Day includes speakers, workshops, and a trade show, designed to inform business owners. Whether just starting or seeking growth, struggling or soaring, a large corporation or a consultant in any industry, this event is suited to equip Entrepreneurs.

NAWBO continues to provide support to and advocacy for women entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh chapter is the 5th oldest in the nation and the only chapter that has a City Council and Mayor designated NAWBO Day.


For more information about NAWBO Day visit or contact Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-628-5048. You may also email Joanne at

Women Busines Owners Advocacy Panel- Panelists include:

Wendy Lopez, NAWBO National Chair who recently sold her business on the cusp of the economic downturn for 8 million dollars;

Ana Recio Harvey, an experienced entrepreneur and recently the president of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, now head of the U.S. Small Business Administration`s Office of Women`s Business Ownership, SBA;

Jayne Huston, Executive Director of E-Magnify, National Women's Business Development Center;

Rebecca Harris, Executive Director Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and

Moderated by Bill Flanagan, Host of Region's Business and Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.


· Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 AM to 3 PM, at:

Radisson Greentree Hotel

105 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

· Registration and trade show begin at 8:00 AM

· A day of speakers, panel discussion, workshops and trade show for entrepreneurs of all company sizes, industries - new or continuing business.

National Association of Women Business Owners

· Gives support to and advocacy for women business owners.

· http//


Delana Flowers



Holidays at Woodville Plantation

November 9, 2009 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Windhorst



Event: Holidays at the House

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009

Time: Noon – 8:00 pm

Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (November 9, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum celebrates the holiday season in an 18th century fashion. On Sunday, November 22, 2009, the public can experience the holidays in a “different light” with candlelit tours of Woodville Plantation. Admission is $5 per adult and $10 per family. The site will be open from noon until 8 pm.

Visitors will learn how 18th century holiday customs differ from modern celebrations. Highlighted will be traditions such as Twelfth Night, Boxing Day, and the firing of the Christmas guns. Guests will be treated to expanded historical demonstrations, musical recitals and the most accurate re-creation of the 18th century holiday season in Western Pennsylvania. Also included in the tour will be a sneak peak of the newly restored visitor reception area.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.


Friday, November 6, 2009

TechPOWR, Women's Networking Group, Technology


CONTACT: Event Location and Time:

Elizabeth DeWitt Pittsburgh Athletic Club

DeWar Communications 4215 Fifth Avenue

p: 412.377.3546 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

f: 412.734.2969 11/17/09 5:30pm – 8pm for directions

TechPOWR Takes Care of Business with a Panel Discussion on Empowering Women through Negotiation

Pittsburgh, PA, 2009 – Prominent entrepreneurs will lead a panel discussion for TechPOWR on beefing up women’s negotiating skills in their business and personal lives. Whether the deal-making involves major purchases, employment or business issues, the panelists will cover the use of technology and ways to improve negotiating skills online and in person. Open to the public, the November 17 meeting is sponsored by Best Buy, NCS Enterprises Ltd. and The Pittsburgh Business Times.

Panelists include Julia Bear, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on gender and negotiation. Bear currently works with Linda Babcock, author of Women Don’t Ask.

Anne Fleming founded to address the hesitation many women experience when purchasing a vehicle. Fleming’s work helps women to become more confident successful negotiators when purchasing a car. She also works with auto manufacturers and dealerships to certify “Women-Friendly Dealerships.”

Rebecca Harris is the Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. Harris is working to expand the strategic initiatives and alliances established since the Center's launch in 2005. Harris’s expertise is in developing strategic alliances and mentoring opportunities.

Once named One of California’s Most Effective Prosecutors, M.J. Tocci now focuses her legal acumen on helping law firms and other corporations increase their productivity and profitability through recruiting, retaining and promoting talented women. Tocce, the founder and President of Fulcrum Advisors, applies a multidisciplinary approach to identify both the opportunities for women to thrive and the obstacles to their success.

TechPOWR, co-founded by Linda Richardson and Liz DeWitt in March 2009, has over 80 members and continues to attract professional women from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. For more information about the November 17 meeting or to join TechPOWR, go to LinkedIn groups (TechPOWR) or

ABOUT TechPOWR - TechPOWR is a networking group that supports continuing education for executive-level women about existing and emerging technologies used in the workplace. For professional women who want to enhance their job performance, TechPOWR provides a non-competitive environment to learn about technology that can improve our professional and personal lives.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Presents Harold and the Purple Crayon


Media Contact: Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717;
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents

The Enchantment Theatre Company in

The Adventures of

Harold and the Purple Crayon

November 8-14, 2009

Six performance locations:

City: Byham Theater; Butler: Marshall Middle School; East: Gateway High School;

North: Pine-Richland High School; West (Sewickley/Leetsdale): Quaker Valley High School;

South: Keystone Oaks High School

(Pittsburgh, PA) Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, proudly presents a musical adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon by The Enchantment Theatre Company (USA) from Sunday, November 8 through Saturday, November 14, 2009 at six locations in the greater Pittsburgh area. Citizens Bank is the proud season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.
In this delightful production based on the well-known book series by Crockett Johnson, Harold journeys through the world that he creates with nothing but his big, purple crayon and his imagination. The possibilities are endless as Harold joins a circus and jets to mars in less than an hour! Enchantment Theatre Company combines life-size puppets, masks, music and magic to make Harold and the Purple Crayon come alive before audiences who are adventurous and young at heart. "The artful adaptation of a well-known story made it engaging for all to see – parents and kids alike,” says Patrick Donnelly of the Roselle Center for the Arts University of Delaware. Production staff for the performance includes musical score by Charles Gilbert, story adaptation and illusions by Jennifer and Landis Smith, Jonathan Becker (Mask Designer), Dirk Durosette (Set Designer), David O’Connor (Lighting Design), Brian Strachan (Costumer Designer), Stephen Bombkoski (Technical Director), John Benson, Bill Gastrock, Chris Garvin (System Design), and Robbie Molinari (Animation Director).

Following the performance, the cast will respond to the audience’s questions and comments in a unique “Talk Back” session.


Using all the elements of its signature style, Enchantment’s life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, and music will delight and amaze audiences. But this time it will add a new dimension with the use of large-scale video animation to create Harold’s world of make-believe. Enchantment’s Harold and the Purple Crayon opens with a magic trick that transforms an ordinary actor into the delightful main character, Harold, in order to establish early that the audience should expect the unexpected. Enchantment Theatre’s actors will wear masks to portray some of the characters in this production of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Though masks are rare in American contemporary theater, masks have been used since the very beginning of theater and in different ways by various cultures. The mask universally facilitates a transformation of the actor and the audience. Similar to masks, puppets also have a long and esteemed history in theatre. Enchantment Theatre Company uses puppets so they are not limited by the size and shape of an actor. Puppets are similar to the mask in their fascination and power. Used with art and skill, masks and puppets can free the actor and the audience from what may otherwise seem ordinary and mundane.

The Enchantment Theatre Company was founded in 1979 by Jennifer and Landis Smith and has toured its original productions worldwide. In 1985, its premiere production, The Symphony and the Sorcerer, opened with accompaniment by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This event was to be the first of many symphonic programs produced by The Enchantment Theatre Company. They have since appeared with the Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Enchantment Theatre’s arts education program, The Magic of Masks, offers school day performances and encourages field trips with reduced ticket prices and in-school artist-in-residency programs. The company’s own Camp Enchantment, launched in 2007, has also been successful in reintroducing children to the arts, yielding an entirely original, youth-driven production titled The Boy Who Made Peace in the camp’s first season alone. The Company’s artistic directors say their mission is “to engage the imagination and spirit of the audience until a transformation occurs and the true grace of our mutual humanity is revealed – not one time but every time that we perform.”

Performance locations for Harold and the Purple Crayon include City: Byham Theater: Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. and a student performance on Monday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m.; Butler: Marshall Middle School, Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.; East: Gateway High School: Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Pine-Richland High School: Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West (Sewiskley/Leetsdale): Quaker Valley High School: Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Keystone Oaks High School: Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Individual ticket prices for Harold and the Purple Crayon are $11. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930 or online at For additional information, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, sponsors, presents, promotes, and premieres international, national, and regional performing arts and visual arts programming of professional quality for the cultural enrichment and education of children and families.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre Gala and Fall Previews

Media Contact: Gale McGloin

412.561.6000 x204


PICT 2009 Fall Gala Previews

2010 Season Opener: Beautiful Dreamers

Pittsburgh, PA – November 3, 2009. Come realize your dreams at the 2009 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Gala! Join PICT in honoring two individuals who have made PICT’s tremendous growth and success possible—Philip Chosky and Richard E. Rauh.

The 2009 PICT Gala will be held Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6 – 11 PM at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory, 614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. VIP tickets include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a sumptuous meal plus the opportunity to bid on exciting items in the silent auction. There will be a short preview performance of Beautiful Dreamers by local playwright Martin Giles including some of the music of the renowned Stephen Foster. VIP tickets also include the After Party. The Gala After Party begins at 8:30 PM and includes dessert, drinks and dancing with music provided by Matt Ferrante and Modern Times. Complimentary valet parking is available.

To purchase tickets, contact Gale McGloin at 412-561-6000 x 204. VIP tickets are available for $175 each and must be purchased by Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 12 noon. After Party tickets are $50 each and will be available by reservation and at the door. Credit cards are accepted for over the phone purchases.

The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh and PICT productions at the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Programs for Those Involved with Technology


For Immediate Release September 29, 2009
Contact: Joe Podolinski Phone: 724.437.7913

The Fayette-Washington Keystone Innovation Zone is announcing a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) event intended for interested businesses, faculty members, and administrators from California University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Fayette and Washington & Jefferson College

The event is a collaborative effort by California University of PA, Penn State Fayette and Washington & Jefferson College and the FWKIZ. The SBIR/STTR event will be held at the Kara Alumni House, on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA on Wednesday, November 3, 2009. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the event running from 4:00 – 6:00 p. m. Greg Rice from the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will deliver the presentation.
Every year, the SBIR & STTR programs have $2.5 billion dollars available. Joe Podolinski coordinator of the FWKIZ states “ this is a tremendous opportunity for interested businesses and faculty from CUP, PSF and W&J to learn the requirements of these programs to determine if they have solutions and technologies that will be applicable.
Attendees will not only learn the basics of SBIR/STTR, they will also learn pre-qualification issues, steps for applying, proposal writing tips that make your innovation stand out and strategies to make their technology appealing to fund providers, and participating federal agencies”.
Businesses and faculty interested in attending this event should contact Joe Podolinski at 724.437.7913 or email him at