ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Our Board Members Actively Engage in All Functions of Harmony!
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.
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 are very excited to raise the curtain again!
POINTS OF PRIDE
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 29 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 launches an inclusive youth program for teens of all 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.
JEN BASMAJIAN, Theater General Manager
Hatboro-Horsham School District
GAIL BEIGEL, Family Representative
North Penn School District
BOB IMMERMAN, Chair
Centennial School District
ELLEN GREMO, Treasurer
The Community's Cup
CHRISSY DERBYSHIRE, Recording Secretary
Hatboro-Horsham School District
JODI JACOBY, Corresponding Secretary
Bryn Mawr College, Retired
JONATHAN O'DWYER, Compliance Officer
BARRY DOUGHERTY, Artistic Director
Merck & Co.
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
CAROL KRAMER, Community Member
Coldwell Banker - Hearthside
MIKE CZEKNER, Community Member
Catholic Human Services
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
DANITA BROYLES, Community Member
Our board members, administrators, directing staff,
and volunteers are compassionate dedicated professionals, community members, and students representing the theater arts, human services, education, finance, realty,
legal, and pharmaceutical
A BIG HEART
Retired board member, Sheila
Darden has chosen to be a weekly
volunteer with our performers.
WHAT AMAZING COMMITMENT!
CATHERINE CLARK, Founder, 1993-2019
JOHN LANCASTER, Member Emeritus
CYNTHIA LOUDEN, Member Emerita