October 1, 2021
London Cain, VP of the Ironhorse Theater in Ambridge, PA
The Iron Horse Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that began in January of 2016. The Iron Horse Theatre Company provides opportunities for anyone in the area who wants to attend, volunteer help produce and perform in any of the theatrical productions produced in the future.
London Cain is the founder of the Iron Horse Theatre Company. He has over twenty-five of theatre experience. He has been involved in producing, acting, and directing of more than twenty plays and musicals including Lone Star, Dinner with Friends, The Cripple of Irishman, Marat/Sade, Grease, High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, and Shrek to name a few. Currently he is a middle school reading teacher at Moon Area School District where he heads up the drama program.
October 8, 2021
Tull Family Theatre
In October 2011, a group of civic leaders identified a resource missing in communities northwest of Pittsburgh: an independent cinema. The nonprofit Village Theater Company was formed, and fundraising began for construction of a brand-new facility. With the support of Sewickley borough and hundreds of families, the Theater launched in February 2017.
The Tull Family Foundation sponsored the naming rights for the facility, now known as The Tull Family Theater. As a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, the Theater has no owners. It is governed by a board of directors and administered by staff members. In addition to operating revenues, the Theater counts on financial support from the public—patrons, government, corporations, and foundations—to sustain this initiative for community vitality and expanded cultural options in the region.
The Tull Family Theater is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. The Theater fulfills this mission by:
- Offering an intentional wide range of films and genres—new releases, classics, documentaries, educational and foreign films, plus art, music, opera, and stage plays on screen.
- Attracting thousands of patrons each month and hundreds more for events and free cultural performances from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties; West Virginia, Ohio and beyond.
- Enabling hundreds of children from nearby underserved communities to attend screenings—many of them entering a cinema for the first time in their lives—by providing transportation, tickets, and a full cinematic experience at no cost.
- Pioneering sensory friendly screenings in the region northwest of Pittsburgh, opening new options to families, children and adults impacted by autism and other special needs.
- Launching free events designed for senior citizens, incorporating a film screening, live music and a panel discussion and Q&A session with experienced experts around relevant topics.
- Supporting underrepresented filmmakers through the Filmmakers in Residence program.
- Providing Cinema Maker Sessions (CiMS) workshop series to introduce middle school students to the basics of filmmaking, including the many career options involved with filmmaking, and its intersection with STEM disciplines.
As a still-young nonprofit, The Tull Family Theater will continue to expand the ways in which it fulfills its mission.