When I look back at my life, I often fantasize about how I’ll be honored. Will people throw down bags of Swedish Fish at my feet? Will I hear a medley of Journey performed by Dave Toole? Maybe they’ll just sit and stare at me for a few minutes before they realize I’ve tricked them into attending a ceremony that clearly has no direction or merit.
But perhaps, just perhaps one day I can say that I’ve done as much for the arts community as Dr. Ken Gargaro has.
A tour de force of creativity since his early years as a Pittsburgh Playhouse director and producer in 1982, Gargaro was recently honored by 250 of his peers, students, and co-workers at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s One Sensational Gala.
The PMT theater was effectively changed to the Gargaro Theater, putting a great man and his vision on display.
Gargaro embodies the spirit of the arts, founding PMT in 1990 and providing young performers an avenue to express themselves through theater, dance, and other creative outlets. Gargaro is also a professor at Robert Morris University where he teaches and serves as the coordinator for the college’s Colonial Theater.
I think it’s safe to say, Gargaro likes the theater business.
As of October 1st, Gargaro will vacate his leadership role with PMT and take a sabbatical from RMU to travel around the world discovering creative explorations and connecting with old students.