Patti Knapp, a 15-year veteran of Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager, recently resigned from her position, effective immediately. She will be relocating to Washington, D.C. to be closer to family, and for a new position with The Washington Revels, a multi-discipline theater company and cultural institution.
It’s a cloudy day for me, because we’re losing a staple in the operational epicenter of the theater community. As a behind the scenes guy, I tremendously value what Patti did for PMT, and the community at large. She made me feel welcomed in a somewhat pretentious industry, and ultimately encouraged me to continue writing theater reviews.
I first met Patti about 2 years ago while covering PMT’s production of Les Miserables. One thing I noticed right from the beginning…She got things done. Not one sense of BS passed through her, which I could appreciate being in media, where the BS flowed like Voss.
She was direct and stern, but always did so with a light heart.
Patti knew the theater business inside and out, but more than anything, she understood family. She loved the kids of PMT, and praised the accomplishments they made year after year. She knew the volatile, yet cheery dynamic of having a building full of teenagers, (performing artists no less) and handled it with scary precision…Sometimes with a broadsword, sometimes with a scalpel.
A champion for the betterment of theater in the city, Patti carried the same passion for the company as she did many moons ago.
Below is Patti’s statement on her decision.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I must share with you my decision to leave Pittsburgh Musical Theater. This was clearly a very difficult decision to make.
It’s hard to believe that after 15 ½ years, I have grown so much. Thank you for your love and support and inspiring me, and allowing me to be a part of the PMT community. The best part of PMT was meeting you and your children, getting to know them and seeing them grow into wonderful human beings and talented artists.
To the many resident artists that have crossed my path over the years. I love you all. Your talents have left lasting impressions that will last a lifetime.
To my work colleagues you have made my life here at PMT a pleasure. If you ever want to write, visit or learn more about my new community feel free to reach out to me.
I am headed off to explore my next chapter. I will be working for Washington Revels in the DC area. It is an amazing opportunity with an award-winning organization and I look forward to this new adventure in my life.
I’m excited about my future there while I continue to be excited about all the wonderful things you’ll continue to accomplish here!
This isn’t goodbye, our paths will cross again. David and I are looking forward to our “ Tale of Two Cities”. Peace and Love to you all.”
There has been an outpouring of support for Patti and her new journey. Heavy hearts loom, but if there’s one person who deserves great opportunities not only in their personal life, but also professionally, Patti Knapp sits high on my list, as I’m sure she does on many others’.
Until the next curtain call, Mrs. Knapp.