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About PYTCo

PYTCo » History & Mission

The Penn Yan Theatre Company was created in 1978 and has provided Penn Yan and the surrounding community years of popular entertainment through their successful community theatre group.

PYTCo delivers quality musicals throughout the year including variety shows, musicals and plays to enthusiastic audiences numbering 500 to 1,000 or more per production. The productions offer unique and affordable live shows to the Penn Yan public that is an experience not duplicated elsewhere in the local community.

PYTCo has succeeded by countless hours of volunteer support and the generosity of the community. PYTCo volunteers range from ages five to seventy-five. These volunteers are taught the production process, including; performance, costume, makeup, set design and building, promotion, ticket sales, and house management.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life in our community by providing theater experiences and education in order to promote participation, appreciation, and understanding of the arts.

We fulfill our mission by:

  • Selecting plays and musicals to be performed

  • Developing original works for community groups

  • Choosing works that utilize performers in various age groups

  • Providing personnel to produce and direct each project

  • Providing experiential education for novice participants

  • Performing for the general public and individual groups

  • Supporting the drama clubs and youth programs in local school and communities

  • Awarding scholarship(s) to graduating high school seniors

Penn Yan Theatre Company - Sampson Theatre

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Penn Yan Theatre Company has the opportunity and responsibility to be a voice for racial justice and equality for all; both within our organization and within the larger community.


We pledge to pursue our mission for sustainable economic development, excellence in arts and education by a continuing to open opportunities for our black, brown and LGBTQIA+ neighbors and friends and others of marginalized experiences. We understand that without social justice, our communities are weaker, and, therefore, so are we.


We pledge to have comfortable and safe facilities and performances for all our neighbors.  We will not tolerate any actions, words or aggressions, whether intentional or unintentional, to the contrary.

We pledge to engage artists of diverse backgrounds and identities in our programs musical, visual, dance, theatrical and educational.


We commit to engaging leadership at every level of our organization to establish clear and concrete steps for success in diversity, equity and inclusion.

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