Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Kelly Strayhorn Theater is a home for creative experimentation, community dialogue, and collective action rooted in the liberation of Black and q***r people.
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As the last of nine theaters from the 1950s heyday of East Liberty, the Kelly Strayhorn plays a key role in the transformation of East Liberty into a welcoming and dynamic town-within-a-city by using the arts as a catalyst for continuing community revitalization. Kelly Strayhorn Theater is an intimate, professionally-equipped, 350-seat multiple-use performance venue. With a commitment to support t

he burgeoning arts community in the city of Pittsburgh, the theater serves as an ideal place for emerging local artists, regional artists and arts organizations to take risks and present new work.

📢 We're hiring! We are looking for a new part-time Marketing Coordinator. Benefits include access to group healthcare, d...
05/07/2024

📢 We're hiring! We are looking for a new part-time Marketing Coordinator. Benefits include access to group healthcare, dental and vision plans, vacation time, generous PTO and a career immersed in arts and culture. This is a on-site position.

Our work centers BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ people. So, if you’re a member of these or other historically marginalized communities, we strongly encourage you to apply. 🙌

See details: https://ow.ly/EHbB50Ryxsj

🤔🤩Are you curious about the stories behind dancer and choreographer Mita Ghosal's work Lost on a Loom? 🤸Before Mita perf...
05/06/2024

🤔🤩Are you curious about the stories behind dancer and choreographer Mita Ghosal's work Lost on a Loom? 🤸Before Mita performs at KST's Alloy Studios on Friday & Saturday, May 17 - 18, KST is hosting a Welcome Dinner & Artist Talk with her on Monday, May 13. You will also get to learn about her practice as an artist in Pittsburgh.

A ✨FREE✨ community-style buffet dinner will be provided! https://bit.ly/4drPLhY

🙋‍♀️Unblurred First Friday is tomorrow! Come out to Penn Ave. We guarantee it's full of fun!💫🌸From left to right, artist...
05/02/2024

🙋‍♀️Unblurred First Friday is tomorrow! Come out to Penn Ave. We guarantee it's full of fun!💫🌸

From left to right, artist Anna King Skeels (they/them) and their supporting artists, Iliana Sharp and Annie Morehead, are now having their run-through and rehearsal. On Friday & Saturday, May 3 - 4 at 7:30pm, Anna will have a showing of their work in progress, unstitch. Centering movement and fiber arts, their work examines our relationships with others and the trauma we have endured with our bodies.

Tickets: https://ow.ly/etJX50RmoAi

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Dance performance Lost on a Loom, examines lost South Asian histories through the lens of Indian textiles and fabrics. A...
05/01/2024

Dance performance Lost on a Loom, examines lost South Asian histories through the lens of Indian textiles and fabrics. Artist Mita Ghosal uses dance, storytelling, video imagery, familial narratives, and recollections of the past, to draw parallels to the movement of material and the movement(s) of people that continue to remain etched into the fabric of modern history.

🤸📍See Mita at KST's Alloy Studios on Friday & Saturday, May 17 and 18, at 7:30pm. Tickets: bit.ly/4aOT3u1

Edisa Weeks Delirious Dances joined artists and community members at KST's Alloy Studios for a Welcome Dinner and Artist...
05/01/2024

Edisa Weeks Delirious Dances joined artists and community members at KST's Alloy Studios for a Welcome Dinner and Artist Talk. Edisa spoke with Programming Director Ben Pryor about her personal path as a dancer and artist; and the origins of her 3 RITES performances.

Participants also had the opportunity to assemble roots out of paper and twine that were used in the 3 RITES: Liberty performance installation.

Check out Randall Coleman's photos from this beautiful night:

We stopped by D.C. last weekend to support our good friend, artist Adil Mansoor, and his performance, Amm(i)gone at Wool...
04/28/2024

We stopped by D.C. last weekend to support our good friend, artist Adil Mansoor, and his performance, Amm(i)gone at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company! It feels very special to see a project that was first nurtured and developed at KST years ago now going outside of Pittsburgh and touring around the country. Go, Adil!! We are very proud of you. ❤️❤️🙌

04/27/2024

Edisa Weeks uses a lot of icons in her performance 3 RITES: Liberty, including Bible, black dick, blonde wig, gun, lightbulb, sneakers, and watermelon that represent the Black experience in America. If you're interested in the meaning and stories behind these icons, please come to see the performance tonight, on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm!

More Info and tickets: bit.ly/3Vzw5Sz

Video Credit: Mingsi Ma

04/26/2024

"What is Liberty in America?"

3 RITES: Liberty by DELIRIOUS Dances Delirious Dances / Edisa Weeks will be presented at KST on Friday & Saturday, April 26 - 27, at 7:30pm - 9:00pm. There's still time to get your tickets! bit.ly/3Vzw5Sz

04/23/2024

Catch a sneak peek of Freshworks artist Anna King Skeels's new show unstitch and their BIG heart set piece. 🫀 unstitch explores the point of view of the heart and lungs of a trans person as they navigate through a new relationship and new community.

Anna is also speaking as the featured student speaker Point Park University 's graduation ceremony repping Point Park University Dept. of Theatre. Congrats Anna 🎓❤️‍🔥

unstitch premieres on Friday & Saturday, May 3-4 at 7:30pm at KST's Alloy Studios. Get tickets now: https://ow.ly/etJX50RmoAi

Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University

In preparation for next week's DELIRIOUS Dances/ Edisa Weeks's 3 RITES: Liberty, check out the reading list Edisa and he...
04/20/2024

In preparation for next week's DELIRIOUS Dances/ Edisa Weeks's 3 RITES: Liberty, check out the reading list Edisa and her team curated, including Isabel Wilkerson's Caste and Katrina Hazzard-Gordon's Jookin'. See the full list here: https://ow.ly/CQfp50Rjie4

Get a chance to talk to Edisa at her upcoming Welcome Dinner & Artist Talk this Monday, April 22 at 6:00 pm, just before the performance on Friday & Saturday, April 26 and 27. Participants will get to construct parts of the 1,865 roots out of paper and twine that will be used at 3 RITES: Liberty’s performance installation. Get tickets to the dinner here: https://ow.ly/16IG50Rjie2

Greetings from Chicago! 🏙️🌆Our Programming Manager, Sarah Gilmer, attended the National Performance Network Partner Conv...
04/19/2024

Greetings from Chicago! 🏙️🌆Our Programming Manager, Sarah Gilmer, attended the National Performance Network Partner Convening where she got to meet new friends and old friends in the performance world.

Big shoutout to the National Performance Network for creating such a great platform to exchange new ideas with organizations across the country!

📸 Pic 1: Sarah (right) and Donna Watts-Nunn (left), Managing Director of Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia! ❤️👏

📸 Pic 2: Sarah (far right) at Hyde Park Art Center with (left to right) Shaddai Livingston, Creative Productions Director at Ashé Cultural Arts Center; Randy Ford, Executive Director at Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas; Dr. Marguerite Hinrichs, Executive Director and Curator at Coleman Center for the Arts 🎨✨

04/18/2024

"One thing that was really meaningful to me was being able to talk to everyone in the audience afterwards... How can this piece be used as a catalyst for bringing people together, to talk about things that are difficult?" - Edisa Weeks

DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks' 3 RITES: Liberty will take place at KST next Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Each performance will be followed by discussion with Dr. Kevin Jarbo, Assistant Professor in Carnegie Mellon Department of Social and Decision Sciences and co-facilitator of the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit.

🎬 Video Credit: The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Get your tickets today: https://ow.ly/W9AV50Rj9Kh

See how Freshworks artist Anna and their friends built their BIG heart! 👀🫀🫁❣️Pic. 1: Anna and their heart.Pic. 2: Mouse ...
04/17/2024

See how Freshworks artist Anna and their friends built their BIG heart! 👀🫀🫁❣️

Pic. 1: Anna and their heart.
Pic. 2: Mouse Stoye and Simone Hunt posing with carts full of supplies to make their heart set piece.
Pic. 3: Heart construction site!
Pic. 4: Simone Hunt working on the first draft of their lungs set piece.
Pic. 5: Mouse Stoye during their Home Depot trip for more heart supplies!
Pic. 6: From left to right, Iliana Sharp, Anna King Skeels, and Annie Morehead after their first rehearsal at KST's Alloy Studios!

Anna will have their show unstitch on Friday & Saturday, May 3-4 at 7:30pm at KST's Alloy Studios. Find out more: bit.ly/43W8Kgo

We are absolutely thrilled to share the news that KST is adopting a co-leadership model! Former Deputy Director Melanie ...
04/16/2024

We are absolutely thrilled to share the news that KST is adopting a co-leadership model!

Former Deputy Director Melanie Paglia now joins Executive Director Joseph Hall as Co-Executive Directors.

“I often envisioned a co-leadership structure for KST. When I was with BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, which has had a co-leadership structure since the 90s, I participated in a rich relationship where we collaborated, supported each other, and led the organization to great accomplishments. Melanie and I enable each other to lean into our strengths and achieve the best outcomes for KST’s communities.

Melanie has been critical to our ability to thrive during such a complicated period for the arts. Her operations expertise and caring approach to leadership have been indispensable to our success so far. As she joins me in leading KST, I look forward to sharing this vision and ensuring that we continue to model excellence, joy, and innovation in our partnership.” - Joseph Hall.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Melanie as she steps into this pivotal role, and let's embark on this exciting journey together!

Read more: https://kelly-strayhorn.org/kst-blog/coleadership-melanie-paglia/

📢 OPEN CALL! KST's Freshworks Residency application is opening up on Monday, May 6. Freshworks is KST’s creative residen...
04/15/2024

📢 OPEN CALL! KST's Freshworks Residency application is opening up on Monday, May 6.

Freshworks is KST’s creative residency for Pittsburgh based artists and collaborators. The program provides artists with financial resources, studio space, production staff, lighting and sound design, professional development and feedback on their work. We encourage creative risk-taking through interdisciplinary collaborations in contemporary dance, theater, music, and multimedia.

The Early Submission Deadline is Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:59pm.

The application/program guidlines are available now. bit.ly/3xwBVdG

On Friday & Saturday, May 3-4, at 7:30pm, Freshworks artist Anna King Skeels takes us through the journey of a fat q***r...
04/12/2024

On Friday & Saturday, May 3-4, at 7:30pm, Freshworks artist Anna King Skeels takes us through the journey of a fat q***r person in their work in progress, unstitch.

unstitch is a big-hearted and unadulterated tour through the organs of a soft and scarred body being torn apart at the seams. This theater performance examines our relationships with others and the trauma we have endured with our bodies. Centering movement and fiber arts, the gutsy, fluffy unstitch invites you to FEEL. 🌈🌸❣️☀️☁️

https://bit.ly/43W8Kgo

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Last Saturday, the Alloy School Showcase brought down the house ❤️‍🔥 After a season of recreational classes, students sh...
04/10/2024

Last Saturday, the Alloy School Showcase brought down the house ❤️‍🔥 After a season of recreational classes, students showed off their monologues, their dance moves, and their crafty side.

Special thanks to our INCREDIBLE instructors for doing more than just teaching but also affirming the importance of being creative and expressing yourself!

📷: Randall Coleman

Artists Caroline Yoo and Davine Byon filled the Alloy Studios with the smell of Korean food and blue and purple shimmer....
04/09/2024

Artists Caroline Yoo and Davine Byon filled the Alloy Studios with the smell of Korean food and blue and purple shimmer. 🔮♨️

In their Freshworks performance Prophecies & Soy Sauce Shots, Caroline and Davine explored the futures their dreams imagined, the pressures of diaspora storytelling, and the liberation we want in the present. They performed a sold-out show last Saturday (and were one seat away from selling out on Friday!).

Transport yourself back to the dream dimension through the photos.

During the week leading up to Delirious Dances/ Edisa Weeks' performance 3 RITES: Liberty, there will be a dance worksho...
04/08/2024

During the week leading up to Delirious Dances/ Edisa Weeks' performance 3 RITES: Liberty, there will be a dance workshop, Precision & Abandonment on Wednesday, April 24, 9:00am - 10:15am.

💪😉👯Working with concepts of falling, momentum, suspension, as well as with breath and structured improvisations, participants will be encouraged to cultivate exploration, creativity, and risk-taking; and to dance with both precision and abandonment.

The workshop is co-presented with Pearlarts. bit.ly/3U5y4gh

On Friday and Saturday, April 26 - 27 at 7:30 pm, artist Edisa Weeks is having her performance 3 RITES: Liberty at KST t...
04/07/2024

On Friday and Saturday, April 26 - 27 at 7:30 pm, artist Edisa Weeks is having her performance 3 RITES: Liberty at KST that reflects on the Black experience in America. Following the performance, Kevin Jarbo PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and co-facilitator of the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit will moderate a dialogue with the audience.

More info: https://ow.ly/CScg50R561V

From our friends: Experience the flavors of Afghanistan as you follow a group of women from their lives during Taliban r...
04/06/2024

From our friends: Experience the flavors of Afghanistan as you follow a group of women from their lives during Taliban rule to a new beginning in Pittsburgh. An award-nominated immersive culinary-theatrical experience created by Afghan immigrants and RealTime Arts.

Khūrākī on Friday & Saturday, April 12 – 13, at 7:30pm, and Saturday, April 14, at 2:00pm at Hillman Performance Art Center.

Tickets: https://realtimeinterventions.org/

We're very excited to present Edisa Weeks/ DELIRIOUS Dances' 3 RITES: Liberty on Friday & Saturday, April 26 - 27 at 7:3...
04/04/2024

We're very excited to present Edisa Weeks/ DELIRIOUS Dances' 3 RITES: Liberty on Friday & Saturday, April 26 - 27 at 7:30pm. The work reflects Edisa's in-depth research on African American history and her questions surrounding the foundations of Liberty in America. 📖💡

The following video by Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) will give you a glimpse of the performance. We can't wait to see you at KST!

🎟️ bit.ly/3Vzw5Sz

MANCC Residency: February 25 - March 11th, 2020 Collaborators in Residence: You-Shin Chen [Set Designer], Jerome Dent [Writer], Sarita Fellows [Costume Designer],…

It's time to celebrate the end of the ten-week Alloy School journey! Our Showcase and Let’s Move! Family Dance Party is ...
04/03/2024

It's time to celebrate the end of the ten-week Alloy School journey! Our Showcase and Let’s Move! Family Dance Party is this Saturday, April 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 🎉

We'll start with a one-hour public celebration of learning, featuring performances and interactive demos from each class. Then, it's time to hit the dance floor for a family-friendly dance party with crafts, snacks, and beats by DJ Gusto. Let's have fun! 😆 💃

Registration: bit.ly/3VMnSec

📷: Delaney Greenberg

🙌😆Last Friday, we had a fun visit from a bunch of bright-eyed freshmen from CMU's Foundations: Risk, Agency, and Failure...
04/02/2024

🙌😆Last Friday, we had a fun visit from a bunch of bright-eyed freshmen from CMU's Foundations: Risk, Agency, and Failure class at Carnegie Mellon School of Art! They swung by KST's Alloy Studios for a sneak peek of Freshworks artists Caroline Yoo and Davine Byon's work in progress, Prophecies & Soy Sauce Shots. The two artists shared their creative process and answered many insightful questions from the students.

💪We can confirm that the preview was TRULY AMAZING and we can't wait to share Caroline and Davine's magic with everyone on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at 7:30pm.

Link in bio.

Save the date! DELICIOUS AND UNEXPECTED! Step into our most anticipated annual House Party on Saturday, July 13.  🧿👾 🤖  ...
03/30/2024

Save the date! DELICIOUS AND UNEXPECTED! Step into our most anticipated annual House Party on Saturday, July 13. 🧿👾 🤖 🌃 🏙️ 🌆 🌉 🚨 🚀

From the 💫 neon-noir VIP Reception to the down and dirty Dance Party - Get ready to feel that good-GOOD energy!

This year, we transform our historic theater into a hazy cabaret with media design by Scott Andrew and VIP performances from choreographer Jesse Factor and musician Clara Kent.

💕 More Info: bit.ly/3IYklBS

Our team recently had the honor of internally chatting with artist Edisa Weeks about her upcoming performance, 3 RITES: ...
03/28/2024

Our team recently had the honor of internally chatting with artist Edisa Weeks about her upcoming performance, 3 RITES: Liberty, at KST. It was mind-blowing to hear the depth of her work. 🤯

Per Edisa: "The work is a hopeful call to action, and seeks to understand where our biases, bigotry, and racism come from, and how we together can create a more inclusive, just, and liberatory America".

💫🙌💡We highly recommend attending Edisa's upcoming Welcome Dinner & Artist Talk on Monday, April 22 at 6:00 pm, just before the performance on April 26 and 27. This is your chance to engage directly with Edisa and gain deeper insights. Secure your spot now! Link in bio. 🎟️

"How do I hear what my community is telling me and then make that come to fruition through art?" reflects performance ar...
03/27/2024

"How do I hear what my community is telling me and then make that come to fruition through art?" reflects performance artist Caroline Yoo in an interview with BOOM Concepts. Caroline talks about working with and in community, her work in artist collective JADED, and finding spaces for performance in Pittsburgh. 🦋🔮✨

See Caroline and Davine Byon's performance Prophecies & Soy Sauce Shots on Friday and Saturday, April 5 - 6, 7:30pm at KST's Alloy Studios. Get tickets here: https://ow.ly/Amtn50R3Ctp

Read the full interview here: https://ow.ly/EPGk50R3Cto

Read about KST's latest visual arts exhibition Abolitionist Expressions! It is now on view at KST’s lobby gallery. The g...
03/26/2024

Read about KST's latest visual arts exhibition Abolitionist Expressions!

It is now on view at KST’s lobby gallery. The gallery is open to the public during and one hour before every KST event. Arrive early and take a look!

Let's Get Free Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee

Abolitionist Expressions, an exhibition presented by Let's Get Free in the KST lobby, works to humanize those who have faced or are facing life without parole.

FROM OUR FRIENDS: On Saturday, March 30th at 2pm, Conservatory of Performing Arts students are holding a sensory-friendl...
03/26/2024

FROM OUR FRIENDS: On Saturday, March 30th at 2pm, Conservatory of Performing Arts students are holding a sensory-friendly variety show called ARTfully UPlifting at Point Park University Playhouse. This newly developed show brings in themes of hope, acceptance, and inclusion for sensory-friendly audiences.

More info and tickets here: https://ow.ly/VZQc50R2i9W

Intensive and thought-provoking! DELIRIOUS Dances/ Edisa Weeks'  theater performance 3 RITES: Liberty is taking place at...
03/25/2024

Intensive and thought-provoking! DELIRIOUS Dances/ Edisa Weeks' theater performance 3 RITES: Liberty is taking place at KST on Friday and Saturday, April 26 - 27 at 7:30pm!

Connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the Black experience in America, multidisciplinary artist Edisa Weeks alternates between blackface, whiteface, storytelling, and visceral dance to dig into the pathologizing of African Americans and the foundations of Liberty in America.

📅 Mark your calendars and we will see you soon! 🔗 Ticket: https://ow.ly/bHPe50R1HTK

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