Know Before You Go: Health and Safety Protocols

We are eager to welcome you back safely to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for in-person classes and events and we commit to putting the safety of our patrons, artists, students, and staff first. We have implemented layers of defense based on guidance from health authorities to minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Click here to read about theater health and safety protocols.

Please be aware that health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data, and public health and government guidance.

Theater Health and Safety Protocols

October 27, 2021:Updates have been made to the Pittsburgh Cultural District protocols. At this time, children attending a performance of The Nutcracker under the age of 12 will not be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test, but must wear masks at all times and follow other venue health policies.

August 19, 2021: After months of preparation and planning for the return to in-person arts events, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District organizations outlined layers of defense against COVID-10 and the safety of practices for guests, staff, volunteers and artists – the latest of which is a vaccination and mask requirement.

Pittsburgh Cultural District arts organizations announced that guests attending indoor performances at venues including the Benedum Center and August Wilson African American Cultural Center will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Masks will also be required inside venues

Proof of Vaccination and ID entry requirements:

  • Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport App is also acceptable.
  • For guests who are not able to be vaccinated, and guests who need accommodations due to a medical exception or sincerely held religious belief, they must provide one of the following. COVID-19 tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.
    • Negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time
  • All guests 18 years or older must also present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Guests younger than 18 may use a school photo ID.
  • For performances of The Nutcracker, unvaccinated guests under the age of 12 do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test. Everyone over the age of two (2), regardless of vaccination status or community spread, must wear a mask at all times and follow the other venue health policies.

Approved Face Coverings:

  • Approved facial protective coverings include masks which are constructed of cloth, tightly-woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends, and must contain two or three layers of fabric.
  • Surgical masks, KN95 masks, and NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are approved facial protective coverings.

Currently policies are set to run through March 30, 2022. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted.

Visit for the most up-to-date, detailed information about these policies along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Download a Printable Version of the Health and Safety Protocols and FAQ

Read the Information from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

For additional questions, please email Please be aware that our staff are dealing with a high volume of questions and calls. Thank you for your patience as we work to answer your questions and navigate these new protocols.

Information for Current Ticket Holders

If you are not comfortable with these policies, please consider an exchange or credit of your tickets for future events. You may also request a refund.

  • For questions about your tickets, please contact the Box Office at 412-456-6666.
  • For questions regarding group tickets for The Nutcracker, please contact Group Sales at or 412-454-9101.
  • 2021-2022 Season Subscribers, for questions or concerns regarding your subscription please contact Tanaz Walendziewicz at or 412-454-9107.

PBT School Health and Safety Protocols

Information will be sent to PBT School families regarding policies and protocols.