mission

RealTime Interventions creates theatrical events and public experiences that depend upon the immediate nature of real time: events that come to life when people come together. We seek to generate human connection, curiosity and wonder, and to help audiences re-see their surroundings in new and unexpected ways. RealTime creates narrative art in conversation with a broad range of collaborators, from theater artists to scientists to rock bands to social workers to our neighbors down the street. We create vibrant “companies” with every new project, peopled by individuals from diverse walks of life and realms of experience who are bound by their stake in the story we are telling together.

who we are

Molly Rice (Artistic Director) is a playwright/ songwriter/experience designer whose work has been developed and produced across the country. Her work and articles about her work can be seen in American Theater Magazine, The Dramatist, Dramatics Magazine, Kenyon Review, Play: A Journal,  Indie Theater Now, Clarkson Potter Press, Heinemann Press, and various local and national news sources, including the New York Times. Honors and awards include Brown University’s Weston Prize for Playwriting, Women’s International Theater Festival, Princess Grace Award (finalist), O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2-time finalist), nominations for the New York Innovative Theater Awards, the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Award for Public Art, and the Kesselring Fellowship, and participation in the Montclair and Pace New Works Initiatives with director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Hadestown) and composer Orion Johnstone. Projects beyond RealTime include Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps (book co-writer, additional text and story) at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, 2012) and Soho Rep (NYC, 2015; Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical, 2016); and THE SAINTS TOUR, a site-specific traveling play that has appeared in neighborhoods across the country since 2009. Over the years THE SAINTS TOUR has incorporated the talents of many diverse artists such as MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Rachel Chavkin, and Dave Malloy (all recent Tony nominees); musicians Lady Rizo, Tyrone Cotton, Heather Christian, and Rick Burkhardt, and the band Ponyhof; celebrated visual artists Vanessa German (Don Tyson Award winner, 2018), Lenka Clayton (Guggenheim Social Practice Grant recipient), David Pohl, Lindsey Scherloum, and James Simon; and community organizations like the Salvation Army, Grow Pittsburgh, Judson Memorial Church, and Cherry Lane Theater, among others. Molly currently teaches Playwriting in the Point Park Writing for Screen and Stage MFA program. She is a longtime musician/ songwriter. When she was 18 one of her songs made the Top 100 Charts in Alaska. She still doesn’t know what number it was.

Rusty Thelin (Artistic Director) is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and attended the Hollins University Graduate Playwriting program.  He has worked with a number of notable theater companies in NYC, including 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Bread & Puppet, The Brick, Teleotheatre Company and New Georges. Rusty graduated from the Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute, and has produced indie rock musicals including The GrooveLily’s ERNEST SHACKELTON LOVES ME (Seattle Rep, 54 Below); FUTURITY by The Lisps (HERE Arts Center, American Repertory Theater); STRUCK by Rebecca Hart and SOMETIMES IN PRAGUE by Orion Johstone & Johua Gelb (New Ohio’s Ice Factory); and CANARY by Molly Rice (New York Theatre Workshop, co-conceived & directed by Tony Award Winner Rachel Chavkin). As a director, Rusty develops new plays and community-fueled work, working with playwrights such as Lucy Thurber, Maura Campbell, Justin Maxwell, and Molly Rice; he has also directed such classics as DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and HAMLET. Trained as a classical actor by members of the OSF and RSC, Rusty has appeared on stage as Petrucchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as a slew of Shakespearean roles from ROMEO & JULIET to OTHELLO, TWELFTH NIGHT to THE TEMPEST; he has been seen in the Sondheim musicals SWEENEY TODD and INTO THE WOODS (as Cindy’s Prince) and was nominated for an Irene Adler Excellence in Acting Award for originating the role of Jess in Rachel Nelson’s PAPER CUP OCEAN.  Rusty is Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh production company RealTime Interventions, where he has directed and produced several original projects including THE SAINTS TOUR:  GREATER BRADDOCK and KHURAKI:  a Celebration of Afghanistan in Pittsburgh, as well as ANGELMAKERS:  SONGS FOR FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS, which he co-conceived with his partner, playwright Molly Rice.

our board

Rebecca Johnson (Board Chair): Program Manager, Financial Empowerment Center

Brooke Glenn Mullin: Chief Financial Officer, Penrose Advisors, LLC

Melanie Marshall: Administrative Manager, Kopp Glass