Meet our Team
Piedmont Players Theatre is made up of some incredible people. In addition to the many volunteers and support staff, our day to day staff does an amazing job keeping the theatre running.
Board of Governors
Dr. Larry Cartner
Lori Van Wallendael
Era of a new community theatre
After performing the first few years at Knox Junior High School, a young PPT moved performances to Hedrick Theater at Catawba College in 1964 where the organization remained and continued to grow for nearly three decades.
PPT Welcomes Resident Director
Resident Director Reid Leonard arrived at PPT in 1986 and immediately gained a reputation for doing a variety of top quality shows, from intense dramas to screwball comedies. In 1992 PPT purchased the Meroney Theater in Downtown Salisbury.
The Meroney Theater
After spending three years and $1.8 million renovating the theater, the Meroney reopened to the public with Jesus Christ Superstar on October 19, 1995.
The Norvell Theater
On May 20, 2010, PPT opened the Norvell Theater, one of the only all-youth theaters in the state, with the youth production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In addition to the 5 mainstage shows at the Meroney each season, PPT also produces 5 youth shows each year at the Norvell. Students are involved in every aspect of the production, from ushering and concessions to backstage. In the fall of 2014, PPT launched its Youth Theatre Academy.
Eastern Costume Company moves to Salisbury
In December of 2014, PPT purchased Eastern Costume Company, one of the largest and most respected costume companies in the country, and moved the company to Downtown Salisbury. Currently supplying and building costumes for theatre companies from California to the Carolinas, Eastern Costume has a 35-year reputation for building the highest quality costumes in the industry with a focus on style and authenticity. In addition to renting costumes and outfits to various theatre companies throughout the country, the new location also welcomes walk-in customers.