ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
Harmony Theater began in 1994 as a performing arts collaborative for adults with disabilities, a population who needed community interaction activities. A steering committee of professionals and volunteers came together with a common goal to create a performing arts program, proven to:
encourage positive self image and social interaction
exercise creativity, imagination, and expression.
This committee was made up of individuals with extensive experience in their fields of special education and human services. The list of esteemed organizations includes Gwynedd-Mercy College, Indian Creek Foundation, Montgomery County College, Developmental Enterprises Corporation, St. Joseph's University, the YMCA of Ambler, local school districts, and other service providers and county government offices.
A year of diligent work from the committee, student volunteers, community volunteers, family members, and of course the 30 actors culminated in the first Harmony Theater production, Highlights from the Wizard of Oz, on May 6, 1995 on the campus of Gwynedd-Mercy College (now a University).
In 2012, Harmony Theater, Inc. became an independent non-profit organization and currently holds rehearsals and performances at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Rt 202, Lower Gwynedd, PA.
POINTS OF PRIDE
We strive to create, support, and offer opportunities for adults with disabilities
to participate in performing arts activities
as an avenue for self-expression, social
interaction and community connection.
Embrace and drive change through
the performing arts
Create fun and encourage individuality
Inspire a creative, compassionate,
and adventurous environment
Uphold open and honest relationships
Nurture positive team and family spirit
Be passionate and professional
Pursue continued success and growth
We are celebrating
Harmony actors are FANTASTIC!
Our theater productions are improved by
artistic, technical, and stage enhancements!
We purchased a professional stage and ramp!
We have increased our community presence
Our retention rate for actors, directors, and board members is incredible!
We have expanded our revenue streams in varied and innovative ways!
We envision Harmony Theater as a
community theater space that would
use the arts as a connection between
this population and the surrounding
community. The space would include
a store front that would serve the
public and financially support the
Harmony Theater Inc. would provide employment opportunities for all
community members of all abilities.
Ultimately, Harmony Theater would
provide social and economic prospects
for this population in a safe and
supportive environment that maximizes
the well-being of each person.
BOB IMMERMAN, Chair
Centennial School District
MIKE CZEKNER, Treasurer
Catholic Human Services
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
JODI JACOBY, Corresponding Secretary
Bryn Mawr College
JONATHAN O'DWYER, Compliance Officer
BARRY DOUGHERTY, Artistic Director
North Penn School District
Keith Valley Music Theatre
ERIN MONAGHAN, Information Director
Hatboro-Horsham School District
JAMES WOODRIT, Actor Representative
SUSAN GALLAGHER, Volunteer Representative
Gwynedd Mercy University
LINDA UNANGST, Facility Liaison
Methacton School District
Church of the Messiah
Our board members, administrators, directing staff, and volunteers are compassionate dedicated professionals, community members, and students representing the arts, human services, education, technical, legal, business, and accounting fields.
SHEILA DARDEN, Member at Large
Developmental Enterprises Corporation
Higher Ground Church International
CAROL KRAMER, Member at Large
Coldwell Banker - Hearthside
CATHERINE CLARK, Founder,1993-2019
JOHN LANCASTER, Member Emeritus
CYNTHIA LOUDEN, Member Emerita
Bob Immerman - Board Chairperson
Being a parent of an adult with special needs poses challenges. The answer to most of those challenges is usually to follow that person and let them take you where they need to be. Our daughter Sarah loves to perform and after a long wait on Harmony's waiting list Sarah's turn came. Harmony has changed my life in that I have the opportunity to see my daughter shine when she performs. I am able to see her talents in a way that I cannot see with my other 3 children, who possess many talents in their own right. Harmony is important because it fulfills a great need for my daughter. I see the impact it has on others in the community that Harmony has built over the years. The collective efforts of so many individuals working together has created something truly magical and theatrical. I am proud to be a part of this great team.
Susan Gallagher- Volunteer Representative