PRiMA exists to invigorate lives through fresh theatrical experiences. We produce contemporary and musically-focused theatrics that offer a twist on the expected. In doing so, we help strengthen our region's cultural vitality.

The best art speaks your cultural language — with music, language and mediums that are relevant to life today. In that spirit, PRiMA creates theatrical experiences that exist at the intersection of contemporary culture and musical theatre. 

The greatest moments of life are beautiful experiences we share. Our work is at its best when we create those kinds of experiences — behind the scenes, amidst our audiences, and on our stages.


People who love PRiMA have: 

  • A shared mindset—forward-focused, explorative, thoughtful, innovative, and energized
  • An appreciation for fresh theatrical experiences that offer a twist on the expected


  • PRiMA Theatre
  • Special Events by PRiMA


Mitch Nugent | Executive Producer

Vanessa Hofer | Patron Care Director, Artistic Associate

Katie Cole | Operations Coordinator



President: Jim Hagelgans | Hagelgans & Veronis Law Firm

Vice President: Joe Frank | Aspire Ventures

Secretary, Treasurer: Sheri Riley | Murray Securus

Bonnie Bosso | F&M College

Marcille Crossland | Integrated Business Consultants

Doug Groff  | CCS Building Group

Robert Grossman | Community Supporter

Diana Nugent | PRiMA Co-Founder

Mitch Nugent | PRiMA

Kim Daly-Nobbs | Willow Valley Communities



Ann Barshinger | Honorary Member

Kevin Ditzler  |  United Way

Jerry Eckert | Development professional

Joe Hess | Special Events Consultant

Andy Esbenshade | Berkshire Hathaway HomeSale

Cindy Sawicki | Willow Valley Communities



  • Tim Rice Cabaret
  • Jason Robert Brown Cabaret 
  • Billy Joel Cabaret
  • Glee Cabaret
  • Songs of Hope Cabaret
  • Carrying Christmas 


  • Songs For A New World
  • Michelle Rajotte Cabaret
  • Jaclyn Susa Cabaret
  • Glee Live
  • Leading Ladies Cabaret
  • Chess 
  • Carrying Christmas


  • Motown Cabaret
  • Cabaret of Comedy
  • Music of Elton John
  • A-Ha Conference performance
  • Glee Live
  • Murray Securus performance
  • Music of West Side Story
  • Monster Music


  • The Last Five Years
  • 80s Re-Lived!
  • 80’s Rolling Rock Band
  • Showstoppers
  • LGH Denim To Diamonds Event
  • Lapp Electric Slide 
  • Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA
  • A PRiMA Christmas


  • Retro Sounds
  • 80's Re-Lived!
  • 80’s Rolling Rock Band
  • Jason Robert Brown: Master Class & Concert
  • Summer Soirée
  • Guilty Pleasures Cabaret
  • Rockin' Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Oz in Concert
  • Lancaster City Tree Lighting


  • FIVE: Anniversary Cabaret
  • Shoshana Bean: Master Class & Concert
  • Chess in Concert
  • Summer Soirée
  • Children of Eden
  • Broadway Villains Cabaret
  • Snow Queen's Party
  • Lancaster City Tree Lighting


  • Uncharted: Acoustic Covers Cabaret
  • Defying Gravity with Stephen Schwartz
  • Summer Soirée
  • Big Fish
  • Presidential Playlist
  • Adam Pascal in Concert
  • Lancaster City Tree Lighting


  • Tick Tick Boom
  • Retro Remix
  • Broadway Guest Artist Benefit Concert
  • Evita
  • Sinatra Holiday Speakeasy


PRiMA began in 2010 with a group of passionate theatre professionals who were passionate about creating something exciting in Lancaster. The dream was to shake up the cultural status quo. Now one of the fastest growing performing arts organization in the region, PRiMA continues to unite around the vision to invigorate lives through fresh theatrical experiences.

Executive Producer Mitch Nugent and his wife Diana founded PRiMA with the belief that the arts are at their best when they are relevant and engaging. The Nugents started by bringing together the region’s finest talent for benefit performances and cabarets. The community’s response was outstanding, raising substantial funds for local charities, all while performing to packed venues. PRiMA started with cabarets at Prince Street Cafe, and was stamped as ‘on the scene’ in 2011 with productions like Chess. Since then, PRiMA has since produced main-stage musicals, concerts, cabarets and special events. Notable productions include The Last Five Years, Oz in Concert , Songs For A New World, Monster Music, 80’s Re-Lived!, Elton John’s AIDA, Children of Eden, Chess, Big Fish and Tick Tick Boom. Guest artists include three-time Tony award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, Josefina Scaglione, Broadway's Maria in West Side Story and Broadway's Elphaba from Wicked, Shoshana Bean, Stephen Schwartz (Composer of Wicked), and Adam Pascal from Broadway’s Rent.

The non-profit production organization is known for its innovation, not only in programming but also in community involvement and fundraising. Working closely with local schools and colleges, PRiMA offers influential hands-on internships, subsidized ticket opportunities and educational engagements through the Youth Experience Initiative.

Special Events by PRiMA allows the organization to serve the community further by engaging in professional event planning and management, as well as booking entertainers for special events. PRiMA helped originate marketing efforts for Lancaster's Extraordinary Give, which has raising millions of dollars for hundreds of local charities. These efforts, in addition to Corporate Partners and Friends of PRiMA, makes cultivating a boutique theatre experience possible. Through these contributions and the efforts of over one hundred volunteers, PRiMA is able to bring the region’s finest talent together, creating contemporary musical theatre performances that Lancaster would otherwise not find accessible.

PRiMA can be best understood as a production company, choosing the best local venue for each unique production. No matter where they are taking place, PRiMA events are aimed at being fresh, relevant and contagiously energetic experiences. These efforts are blazing a new path for the arts in the Lancaster region, engaging arts patrons as well as a new generation of culturally engaged citizens.

Lancaster is increasingly becoming a more vibrant place thanks to the many companies and organizations that do their part in creating an energetic cultural experience in our region. The team at PRiMA is proud to play a part in these efforts.

Check out some highlight photos from PRiMA past here.

Mitch Nugent, Executive Producer