Camille DiLorenzo, Artistic Director
Laura Naranjo, Executive Director
Elizabeth Vecchio, Director of Arts Education
Angela Mattina, Treasurer
Giving, engaging, inspiring…our mission is three-fold. We give our audiences our years of professional theatre experience by creating top-flight, quality productions. We engage with the community by pursuing our commitment to mentoring the development of young people in the technical, administrative and artistic roles of theatre production via our Protégé Program and through local outreach initiatives. We inspire by presenting best-loved musicals and plays, and exploring the original storytelling we discover in new works, providing them a platform for development.
Pleasant Valley Productions (“PVP”) was formed in 2012 as an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community theatre company. Based in West Essex County, we observed that our area of New Jersey had no theatre companies that focused on mentoring local youth in the technical and administrative, as well as the artistic aspects, of theatrical production. Keeping that in mind, our goals are to produce quality productions, mentor the development of young people in the technical, administrative, and artistic roles of a theatre and to develop new works and provide a platform for their expression.
A production succeeds best when anchored by skilled, dedicated technical crew and production staff. When someone shows interest and the enthusiasm to learn new skills, we make it our business to teach. This attitude has coalesced into our Protégé Program: We coach candidates to help them comprehend all aspects of the job at hand. Working on PVP productions hones their stagecraft skills. Our projects benefit and our mentees move on to projects of their own. It is immensely satisfying to see a student succeed and we are especially proud of this contribution to the theatre community.
Polished performances and stellar production values are the hallmarks of a PVP show. Our past productions have been happily well-received. As PVP grows we will be sourcing and developing new works, in addition to producing top-flight musicals and plays. We will continue to tap the well of local talent to produce superb theatre, develop first-rate theatre crew, discover new plays, and contribute to the New Jersey community theatre alliance.