The Mission

To provide positive recreational activities for the youth culture of the Pittsburgh area by bringing advanced technologies & opportunities in media arts to aspiring artists, athletes & creative professionals.

In doing so, Creative.Life.Support identifies, retains, & promotes the growth of powerful leaders who propel innovative cultural developments in Western, PA.  

Creative.Life.Support realizes these ideals by providing sustainable educational programs that produce consistent deliverables, Artist Residencies & public engagements.

Creative.Life.Support Facilities

MR. SMALLS THEATRE

Within the beautifully repurposed former 18th century Catholic Church lives Mr. Smalls Funhouse, Pittsburgh’s premier music venue. With a 650-guest capacity, the theatre boasts a spacious yet intimate design featuring 40ft high ceilings, hardwood floors, custom acoustic reinforcements for superb sound, a spacious monitor room/staging area for artists, a 25x26x3 Stage, as well as professional standard PA and lighting systems. Local and national artists alike have played to sold-out crowds in the theatre -- Rusted Root, Anti-Flag, Avenged Sevenfold, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Smashing Pumpkins, Tyler The Creator, All That Remains, and Ziggy Marley are just a few of the amazing talents who have graced our stage. Mr. Smalls Theatre has not only carved a deep niche as the best music venue of its size in Pittsburgh, but as one of the finest in the country. When USA Today/Esquire magazine named Pittsburgh the best place to rock, it followed by saying, "Mr. Small's reputation is growing as quickly as its fans are. It hosted Ryan Adams for a month of rehearsal before his tour with the Rolling Stones, and rapper 50 Cent and the Black Eyed Peas have recorded new work in its studio..."

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MR. SMALLS' CREATIVE.LIFE.SUPPORT CENTER (coming soon)

We are very excited to announce that our non-profit, Creative.Life.Support, will have a new, permanent home in the former United Methodist Church, right across the street from Mr. Smalls Theatre. The new Creative.Life.Support Center will be a community for youth to provide learning, artist-career development and professional opportunities for the music and arts community.

It will feature a music and technology center with a full recording studio, which will be utilized for our youth programs, the We Rock Workshop and Real Life Music Camp. Music lessons and classes will also be available to local musicians where they can learn about post-production, video editing as well as audio engineering programs in the recording studio.

 


The sublime sanctuary will be the site of our new coffee shop restaurant, which will be open to the public. It will offer a finger-licking menu, mirroring the options at the Funhouse Restaurant in Mr. Smalls as well as a full coffee bar, the first of its kind in the Millvale community. The former alter will serve as an acoustic stage, hosting performances from local artists and Creative.Life.Support students.

The Creative.Life.Support Center will also house a used-gear swap shop offering a variety of secondhand music equipment. This will give musicians the opportunity to buy, sell, or trade-in previously owned instruments and accessories to provide the local community with a better access to music equipment. If you can’t decide what instrument would work best for you, demo rooms will be available for musicians to get a feel for the different types of gear.

Creative.Life.Support has been self-funded and actively expanding its programs for 15 years, only lacking the additional space. With this new convenient location, Creative.Life.Support can now build toward this expansion and open up the floor to many other opportunities. Proceeds from both the coffee shop restaurant and the used gear Swap Shop will contribute to the funding of Creative.Life.Support youth programs.

MR. SMALLS RECORDING STUDIO

Mr. Smalls’ state-of-the-art recording studio is now located on the North Side just five blocks away from Heinz Field. We offer the area’s largest and best sounding tracking room, as well as a highly skilled team of producers, engineers, and musicians, all available at a price you can afford. Our services include recording, mixing, mastering, production, voiceovers, studio musicians, live recording, format transfers, original music and beats, and commercial ad production.

WHERE CREDIT IS DUE...

An extremely dedicated staff has realized all of this. The Borough of Millvale was instrumental in making it possible to acquire the Mr. Smalls Funhouse property and has supported the organization’s efforts in any way possible, as it is their belief that the existence and success of this facility marks a significant evolution in the cultural and professional scope of Millvale. Mr. Smalls Funhouse has to date been providing its services in the vision of CLS and will continue to host CLS activities with considerable in-kind donations of facilities and resources.