Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT) is a professional, non-Equity, not-for-profit theatre, supported by ticket sales and gifts, which provides affordable musical theatre for families in and around our community.
SSMT was established to give Shenandoah Conservatory theatre students an opportunity to have professional experience before going out to start their own careers in that field. By bringing in students from comparable universities as well as industry professionals and creative staff, our students learn on their feet what it is like to work in a professional environment.
Artistic Director Emeritus Harold Herman led the team of Shenandoah Conservatory faculty and staff that founded SSMT in 1984. Herman continued as Producing Artistic Director until the spring of 2015, when Thomas Albert was named to the position. In 2020, Jeremy Scott Blaustein succeeded Thomas Albert as Producing Artistic Director.
Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre presents Broadway musicals each season, with performances on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Our season audiences total over 20,000 people, drawn from a 150-mile radius. All shows are presented with full sets and costumes, with the support of a live orchestra. The entire company averages 120 members.