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  History 

The Pittsburg Community Theatre started as an Adult Education class lead by Betty Brown. From September, 1973, until April, 1978, Betty ran the classes and brought various types of production to the delight of audience goers. However, Proposition 13 forced caps on all but academic courses offered by the school and so the Adult Education class was cut from the curriculum.

Six members struggled to continue to present plays while applying for non-profit status with Federal and State authorities. Then on April 9, 1979, PCT was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of California.

Since that time PCT has performed 4 shows per season: a drama, a comedy, a musical and a children's theatre production. PCT also provides free half-hour entertainment for groups, clubs and the City of Pittsburg. Additionally, PCT provides a yearly scholarship for high school seniors. Members of PCT have volunteered their time and the group has donated equipment to the local high and elementary schools to supplement the performing arts education.


  Gypsy Coat - A Time Honored Tradition 

Pittsburg Community Theatre is a company with many traditions but none more cherished than that of the "Gypsy" coat. Started during the production of "Oliver" in 1977, the coat, Fagan's jacket, was given to an outstanding cast member that the director saw as the person who put the most effort and time into the production. To honor those who have received the Gypsy Coat, click read more to view the list of past recipients



  Shellie Awards 

The Shellie Awards were founded in 1979 in order to recognize outstanding achievement in the performing arts in the Central Contra Costa/Diablo Valley region. Each year, PCT honors outstanding members by nominating them for their service and achievement. To honor those who have received a Shellie Award, click read more to view the list of past recipients.



  Ways Members Can Participate 

There are many ways you can help in any given production:

  • Perform in a production
  • Help backstage on stage crew or be a stage manager
  • Help with hair and make-up
  • Help with wardrobe and dresser
  • Help with set construction/painting
  • Help move-in to the theatre
  • Help strike the set at the end of the run
  • Help sew and make costumes (cutter, seamstress, fitters, embelishers).
  • Help make and/or locate props and set pieces
  • Work concessions one or more nights during the performances
  • Work the box office one or more nights of the performances
  • Hang publicity posters on designated days
  • Hand out flyers at various festivals or events
  • Help hang lights and/or work light and sound for a production run


  • As you see, we needs lots of help during any production.

    So "Come Play With Us!" and maintain an active membership.