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House Party

KST Presents

A Benefit For Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Saturday, July 13, 2024

7:00pm – 9:00pm Immersive VIP Reception
9:00pm – 12:00am Dance Party

Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $50 – $250


Step into a captivating world of immersive performance and dance at House Party. KST’s annual summer benefit promises a night of the delicious and the unexpected — from the neon-noir VIP Reception to the down and dirty Dance Party. 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. Get ready to feel that good-good energy only you can bring to Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Your good time supports our fall season of diverse arts events in East Liberty. So, as always…


Immersive VIP Reception Tickets: $150 – $250 
Guests experience exclusive open bar access all night, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live performances in an immersive environment before we roll up the rug and throw down the beats.

Dance Party Tickets: $50 – $100 
Top DJs, ROJO and DJ QRX raise the roof and turn up the heat to ignite a dance party in classic KST fashion. Dance Party tickets include one complimentary beverage from the cash bar with curated cocktails, wine, and beer.

Demeatria & J.G. Boccella
Melanie Marie Boyer
Orlana Darkins Drewery
Stephanie Flom
Pam Golden
Gregg Kander & Anna E. Hollis Kander
County Executive Sara Innamorato
Kendra Whitlock Ingram & Ben Ingram
Anne & Vincent Lackner
Amanda Markovic
Cathy McCollom
Clarissa Morales & Brandon M. McGurer
Gwendolyn Moorer
Nadyli Nuñez
Kris Rust
Jennifer Sciullo
Felicia Snead, MD

Megan & Adam Sukhia
Tammy Thompson
Chaton Turner & Andre Smith
Elise Walton

Adam Golden, Chair
Alyssa P. Lyon, Vice Chair
Richard C. Smith, Secretary
Joseph Decker, Treasurer
R. Yvonne Campos
Martell Covington
Kyle Crawford
Caitlin Green
Melinda Maloney
Arthur Pang
Cardell Velez



Thanks to our 2024 House party Sponsors:

Jesse Factor trained at the Martha Graham School and danced with Graham II, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Jesse’s solo creative work, which playfully explores the Martha-verse and other legendary divas, is frequently presented in the context of dance, theater, and nightclub performances. Factor’s work-in-progress Show Queen was recognized as a 2023 National Dance Project finalist. 


Clara Kent is an Afro-Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, a community liaison from Homewood, Pa, and the host of More Bounce on WYEP. Whether the medium is music, canvas, or curation, Clara uplifts the creative community, especially Black artists and youth, through her actions in mentorship, her raw & vulnerable artistry, and her arts advocacy work. Clara was named Pittsburgh City Paper’s “Person of the Year” for Music in 2019 and has performed across many stages.


Scott Andrew (he/him/they/them) b. 1982, Waynesburg, PA, is a multimedia queer-oriented video, installation, performance artist, media designer, educator, and curator. Media Design projects include ’Suite Life’ at KST, ‘Underland x Alice’ at the New Hazlett Theater, and ‘Show Queen’, a 2023 NDP finalist and ongoing collaboration with Dance Artist Jesse Factor that grew out of a Freshworks presentation of ‘I Am A Haunted House’ at KST Alloy Studios.


DJ QRX a.k.a. Austin Bey was born and raised in Homewood, PA. QRX Went to college at IUP, becoming their very own resident DJ. He loves the culture and art of DJing. He started DJing in 2012 and had his first gig in 2014. He has DJ’ed some very notable events, including the Three Rivers Art Festival, Picklesburgh, Slappers’N’Bangers, and IUP Homecoming where he opened for Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, Young M.A, Lil Yachty, Offset, and PnB Rock.


Born and raised in New Kensington, PA, ROJO was introduced to Pittsburgh nightlife as a teen. ROJO’s passion for music is deeply personal. HIs taste is rooted in soul, funk and disco and is inspired by his mother who regularly played cassette tapes around the house and reminisced about growing up in the disco era. ROJO believes in the healing power of music and views DJing as a means of performance, artistic expression and storytelling. During his DJ sets, you’ll experience a mixed bag of various genres including House, Techno, Club, Funk, R&B and more. Website


Zhen Lee is a tattooer, a performing artist, and illustrator. They have tattooed in Pittsburgh since 2017. They have performed in City of Play’s Greenfield Bridge Opening, Intimate Subjects, solo piece Emotional Landscapes, Glitterbox’s Pink Potatoes, and Big Storm’s Or Forever Hold your Peace.  Their comics can be found in anthologies Drawn To Home, Chutz Pow Vol. 4, Love and Monsters, and Overgrowth and Underbrush. Their tattoo work can be found @yangzhenlee on instagram.