People's Light and Theatre Company

People's Light

Leonard C. Haas Stage
Address 39 Conestoga Road
Malvern, Pennsylvania
United States
Coordinates 40°02′42″N 75°31′57″W / 40.0449°N 75.53249°W / 40.0449; -75.53249
Owner Non-profit Organization
Capacity Leonard C. Haas Stage- 350, Steinbright Stage- 170
Current use Professional theatre
Opened 1974
Rebuilt 1979

People's Light is a professional, not-for-profit theatre in Chester County, Pennsylvania .


The People's Light campus is located on 4.7 acres (0.019 km2) of what was once a 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) tract granted by William Penn to the Malin family in 1709. Part of this tract of land was occupied by the George Washington's troops after the Battle of Brandywine. The barn that houses the Leonard C. Haas Stage of the theatre was renovated in 1978 by Knabb Assiciates. The residence was built in 1790 and was used as a private boys' school, which was the first school in East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania. Today it houses The Farmhouse Bistro, a French bistro-style restaurant owned by the theatre, and The Farmhouse at People's Light, an event venue. People's Light is the third owner of the property, following artist Gager Philips, who owned the property in 1936.[1]

The original site of the theatre was Strode's Mill, in East Bradford Township, Pennsylvania. The mill was built in 1721 and has had a number of uses. Originally used as a grist mill, it is currently being used as an artist's gallery and residence.[2]


In 1987, People's Light started the "Project Discovery" program, which was later renamed "Arts Discovery."[3]

2016/2017 season



  1. "Groundbreaking Ceremony Release" (Press release). Danny S. Fruchter. 1978-10-25.
  2. "Historic Mill Information". Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  3. "The People's Light Journal" (Press release). People's Light & Theater Company. 1991-03-01.
  4. "People's Light". Retrieved 2012-09-24.

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