KST Blog

  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Celebrate the Hits of Motown with Kelly Strayhorn Theater!  Featuring a Discussion with Women of Visions, ORIGINS Marketplace, and Concert with The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and more! 

    EAST LIBERTY, PA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 – Groove into Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s new season with Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN on Thursday, September 16! From the music of The Temptations, Jackson Five, and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, you’ll be dancing in the streets once you hear the stylings of vocalists Delana Flowers, Katy Cotten and Carmen Miller of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and accompanying musicians, all produced by musician Dwayne Fulton

    The evening begins at 5:30pm with a marketplace featuring creatives from ORIGINS, a program celebrating and supporting Black artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople working in Pittsburgh, in the theater vestibule. Featured artisans and makers include Espirations Greeting Cards, Rebel Bred Clothing, Naptural Beauty Supply and Social Living. And you don’t want to miss the 6:30pm artist discussion, an exclusive panel conversation, moderated by Aaron J. Johnson, PhD and Assistant Professor of Music at University of Pittsburgh, with the artists behind Women of Vision’s MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN: Art Inspired by the Music. The evening culminates with a concert featuring the vocal stylings of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber with Calvin Murphy (Drums) Gary Davis (Bass), Earl Russell (Keys), Keith Flowers (Keys), Gary Howard (Guitar), performing hits including “Dancing in the Street,” “My Girl,” “ABC,” and more! Join us for a marvelous evening of music, art, and celebration!

    Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN will be located at the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue in the East Liberty business district. 

    To ensure a comfortable return to in-person programming for our audience, artists and staff, KST has adopted several safety measures for all upcoming performances. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. Seating capacity has been reduced to 50% and all performers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance. For more details on KST’s full COVID-19 safety protocol please visit Kelly-Strayhorn.org/covid.

    Black and Solid Gold: the Hits of Magnificent Motown is made possible with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Bridgeway Capital, and in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Women of Visions, Inc. also acknowledges support from Opportunity Fund, and Arts, Equity and Education Fund.

    Tickets are now on sale at kelly-strayhorn.org or can be purchased in person at the event. Pricing is Pay What Makes You Happy!, a sliding scale of accessible price points in order to truly welcome all to enjoy the arts. 

    For full season details, COVID policy updates, and tickets, go to kelly-strayhorn.org.

  2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE: Kelly Strayhorn Theater welcomes Pittsburgh audiences home to our venues this fall

    EAST LIBERTY, PA, August 20, 2021 – After nearly two years apart, Kelly Strayhorn Theater is excited to welcome all lovers of the arts back home to East Liberty this fall for an unforgettable series of dance, art, theatrical, and musical performances. 

    Masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. “With the uncertainty of the pandemic, our community’s health and safety come first for us at KST. Moving forward into our 2021-2022 season, we will continue to closely follow the CDC and Allegheny County Health Department’s guidelines to make sure that all of us can enjoy the performing arts without fear or unease. All our performances, workshops, and classes will be masked and physically distanced because to us, you can’t have a great show without an audience who feels safe and at home,” said Joseph Hall, Executive Director of Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 

    Taking inspiration from the cultural tradition of Black homemaking, KST is affirming itself as a home for artists and a site of resistance, birthing community-centered arts where all are valued, with particular care and nurturance for historically resilient folks. 

    Season events take place at both the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue, and KST’s Alloy Studios, at 5530 Penn Avenue, unless otherwise noted. 

    Tickets are now on sale at kelly-strayhorn.org or can be purchased in person at the event. Pricing is Pay What Makes You Happy!, a sliding scale of accessible price points in order to truly welcome all to enjoy the arts. 
    For full season details, COVID policy updates, and tickets, go to kelly-strayhorn.org.

  3. Open Air: Staycee Pearl

    Check out this exciting write-up by Dance Currents about Staycee Pearl and KST’s company in residence, PearlArts!

    “[Kelly Strayhorn Theater] helped keep Pittsburgh honest (if not perfect), but still with its finger on the pulse of the future, and this program was a perfect example.”

    “Choreographer Staycee Pearl is currently the artist-in-residence at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which is a rarity in itself. Also a rarity: Staycee, a black artist, loomed large at PBT’s recent Open Air festival. It was a long time coming, but it proved that PBT was serious when it was one of the first American ballet companies to make a firm commitment to including blacks in their essentially European art form.”

    FULL ARTICLE HERE.

  4. KST in the news: Juneteenth celebrated as a day of service, song and remembrance

    “When we say we’ve come this far, Black people, and we’re able to have our art in a beautiful building like this — that really says something” -Women of Visions president Christina Bathea
    We were so honored to partner with Women of Visions for MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN! Art Inspired by the Music. The opening reception, coupled with the ORIGINS Marketplace, was a success, as we welcomed the community to our first in-person event of the summer with music, art, and celebration!
    Read the Post Gazette’s write-up below: