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Making Stars Shine Bright

PENDEMER PRODUCTIONS is a 501(C)(3) theater company who's MISSION is to provide local audiences with quality theatrical productions of plays and musicals that are new to, or not often performed in, Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. These are shows that will entertain while exploring the human condition in comical, dramatic and/or musical terms. The company will serve as a showcase for seasoned performers as well as function as a training ground for young people and novice theatrical practitioners.

The founders, Chuck Penick and Ellen Ulmer spent two years developing their mission and working to establish venues for productions.  Now, finally, the ideas, dreams are becoming a reality. Help us keep the dream and vision alive! 



Artistic Director

CHUCK PENICK (Artistic Director) has been directing and acting in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for the past twenty-five years. McKeesport Little Theater, Apple Hill Playhouse, Little Lake Theatre, Greensburg Civic Theatre and The Pittsburgh Savoyards are a few of the venues where he has directed and/or performed. Chuck holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Acorn Productions from 1993 - 1999. He has been the Education Director for the Heritage Players for the past three years, as well as teaching the Acting for Adults classes. Chuck is the recipient of three Best Director awards, including the prestigious Donna Award for “Man Woman Hombre Mujer” at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

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Executive Director

ELLEN ULMER (Executive Director) received her BS degree in theater performance from Emerson College in Boston, MA and a MS in Counseling Psychology from Chatham College, now University. Community Theater credits include acting in and/or stage managing various productions with Stage 62, McKeesport Little Theater, Heritage Players, Thoreau, NM, and The New Works Festival. Ellen's business experience comes from observing her family's business growing up, working for 16 years as an administrative assistant for various marketing and non profit companies, and working in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor.


Board Member

Susan Skosko - (Board Member) (Actress/Voiceover Artist) Susan has a BFA from Penn State Main Campus. While there she was the recipient of the Frank S. Neusbaum Talent Fund Scholarship.  Susan's website links are: and SUSAN BFA SKOSKO - Resume | Actors Access .  She's worked with many Theatre groups in the area and enjoyed touring Nationally with American Family Theater of Philadelphia.  

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