Patio Playhouse named Community Organization of the Year by Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Patio Playhouse’s Artistic Manager Matthew FitzGerald was honored to accept the

Community Organization of the Year award on behalf of the playhouse


Escondido, CA – (July 4, 2018) Patio Playhouse is honored and thankful to have been named the Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Honoree for Community Organization of the Year. Matthew FitzGerald, Patio’s Artistic Manager, was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the playhouse at Passing the Torch, the 108th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner presented by Safari Highlands Ranch and The Escondido Charitable Foundation.


Patio, entering its 52nd year, is Escondido’s only community theater. In addition to presenting a full season of shows annually, this independent, volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization entertains at local events such as the Christmas Parade and the Grand Avenue Festival and maintains one of only two free youth theaters in the county. Patio also hosts an annual summer Acting Academy, offers a ongoing youth scholarship program, partners each production with another local non-profit or public good organization (partners this year have included United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego, Hannah’s House, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and Interfaith), and and has most recently added an additional program,Teatro Patio, with a goal of better serving the local Latinx community.


This upcoming season at Patio Playhouse is focused on series of plays and musicals that fall into the themes of family, community, and finding where you belong, beginning with three Patio Plays at the Park productions at the outdoors Kit Carson Amphitheater: Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, and In the Heights. The remainder of the year’s shows, which will be presented at the Kalmia and Grand location, will include: thriller Wait Until Dark, comic holiday show “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), a duo of musicals by Luann artist Greg Evans performed in repertory, A Boy and a Girl and Quibbling Siblings, a youth production of Pulitzer-winning Our Town, and the West Coast premiere of Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga’s Animales Nocturnos, which will be performed bilingually in Spanish and in English (on different nights).


Patio Playhouse is deeply appreciative to the Chamber of Commerce for their support and for the honor of being recognized as the Community Organization of the Year for Escondido, and is looking forward to continuing to serve the community in this capacity for many years to come. To find out more about Patio Playhouse, please visit