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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

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MISSION 

    We strive to create, support, and offer opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in performing arts activities as an avenue for self-expression, social
interaction and community connection. 

VALUES

HISTORY

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,  industry 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 held rehearsals and performances at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 
Rt 202, Lower Gwynedd, PA.
The 2020 pandemic brought a unique challenge to the organization.  Due to restrictions on in person activity, Harmony went virtual.  Not only was the theater group meeting online, it was far reaching to interested participants around the country! 
Since then, the theater committed to a hybrid model of both in-person and virtual rehearsals and performances.  It was very helpful to accommodate all of our actors.  Our 2022 Fall session began the return to full in-person theater, and we were very excited to raise the curtain again!

 

POINTS OF PRIDE

VISION 

  • 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 with communication

  • Nurture positive team and family spirit

  • Be passionate and professional

  • Pursue continued success and growth

We are celebrating 30 years on stage!

     Harmony actors devote over 100 hours to rehearsing and performing per year- FANTASTIC!
     Our theater productions are improved by artistic, technical, and stage enhancements!
     We purchased a professional stage and ADA compliant accessible ramp!

      Harmony has developed a successful volunteer theater assistance program for middle and high school students. 

     We have increased our community presence, reach, and impact!

     Our 95% retention rate for actors, directors, volunteers, and board members is incredible!

     We have expanded our revenue streams in diversified
and innovative ways!
      Harmony responded to the unprecedented 2020 pandemic responsibly and creatively with our ground-breaking virtual experience.

      Outreach of the Harmony virtual experience has expanded far outside our geographic focus, including participants living in other states!

     Harmony earned the 2020 Top Rated honor from Great NonProfits and the 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.

     In 2023, Harmony launched an inclusive community theater program for people of all ages and abilities.

   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 theater activities.           
   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.

LEADERSHIP

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Board Members

MICHAEL CZEKNER, Chair:  Peaceful Living, Catholic Human Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

*JACKIE MULLOCK, Executive Director: Harmony Theater

JOCELYN AARON, Treasurer: Breakthru Beverage Group

*ELLEN GREMO Recording Secretary:  The Community's Cup

JODI JACOBY, Corresponding Secretary: Bryn Mawr College, Retired, Alzheimer’s Support

JONATHAN O'DWYER, Compliance Officer: Citi Bank

*JEN BASMAJIAN, Theater General Manager: Hatboro-Horsham School District

BARRY DOUGHERTY, Artistic Director: Merck & Co.

*GAIL BEIGEL, Family Representative: North Penn School District

HANNA GREMO, Actor Representative:  Student, Gwynedd Mercy University

SUSAN GALLAGHER, TA Representative: Gwynedd Mercy University, Retired

LINDA UNANGST, Facility Liaison: Methacton School District, Retired, Church of the Messiah, PSEA

CAROL KRAMER, Community Member: Coldwell Banker - Hearthside

DANITA BROYLES, Community Member: Harmony Biosciences

*KRISTEN SCHADA WALSH, Advancement: Exida    

* denotes administration team member

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    Our board members, administrators, directing staff,
and volunteers are compassionate dedicated professionals, community members, and students representing the theater arts, human services,
beverage, education, finance,
realty, 
pharmaceutical, and 
legal industries. 

Board Anchor

    

CATHERINE CLARK, Founder, 1993-2019

JOHN LANCASTER, Member Emeritus

CYNTHIA LOUDEN, Member Emerita

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  A BIG HEART

 Retired board member, Sheila
Darden has chosen to be a weekly
volunteer with our performers.

 WHAT AMAZING COMMITMENT!

 

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