Robert Dennis Pittman, 27, a member of the Broadway cast of "The Wiz" and a former performer in Washington, was killed May 19 in New York City in the collision of an automobile and a taxicab in which he was a passenger.
He had been with the Broadway musical as a dancer since last fall.
Born and reared in Seat Pleasant, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Pittman, still live, Robert Pittman attended Price George's Community College and the University of Maryland.
He received his theater training through the Workshops for Careers in the Arts, operated under the auspices of George Washington University, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the D.C. Black Repertory Company (now Rep Inc.), the Yalode theater company and the D.C. Repertory Dance Company.
Mr. Pittman had danced in such television productions as "Genesis, Juba and Other Jewels: A Songstep of Black America" and "For My People," which were seen on WTOP, and in "Orpheus" on WETA.
On stage, he had appeared in the D.C. Black Repertory Company's "Owen's Song" at the Kennedy Center. He had traveled with that company to Lagos, Nigeria, and the Bahamas for performances. He also had coached dance and drama at the Workshop's Street Theater and the DUke Ellington School.
Mr. Pittman had been active in the Mount Zion Pentacostal Church in Washington.
In addtion to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Emerson Jr., of Bladensburg; three sisters, Mary Frazier, of Seat Pleasant, Dwana Vaughns, of Washington, and Edna Pittman, of New Haven. Conn., and his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Pittman, of Rocky Mount, N.C.