PBT Connects

Expand your ballet experience with these PBT Education programs for the 2022 – 2023 season productions! Programs are free; Theater programs are open to all ticket holders; Virtual Previews are open to all.

Virtual Preview 

Join us online to learn about the production before you head to the theater! Stay tuned for dates!

Opening Night and Performance Previews*

This is a great opportunity to hear from choreographers, creatives and dance makers involved in the production! Get a little intro to and context for what you’re about to see on stage. Join us in the theater the first Friday or Saturday night of the production run at 6:30 p.m.

Light in the Dark  |  Saturday, Oct. 28

Guests: Choreographer Jennifer Archibald and PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney





Beauty and the Beast  | Friday, Feb. 16

Spring Mix  |  Friday, April 5

Cinderella |   Friday, May 17

Artist Q & A*

Chat with PBT’s amazing artists about their roles in the performance, working with the choreographer and other burning questions! Directly after the performance, come to the front of the Orchestra section.

Light in the Dark  |  Saturday, Oct. 28

Guests: Principal Artists Yoshiaki Nakano and Tommie Lin O’Hanlon, Soloist Jessica McCann and Matthew Griffin, Corps de Ballet. PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney and Violins and Hope Chair Sandra Rosen will also participate.

Yoshiaki Nakano

Tommie Kesten

Jessica McCann





The Nutcracker  |  Saturday, Dec. 9

Diana YoheJoseph ParrGuests: PBT Artists (and married couple) Diana Yohe and Joseph Parr. They join us to answer your questions about The Nutcracker, and about dancing through their careers together. Joe is retiring at the end of December after 15 years with the company – bring your questions about his past performances and beloved characters.


Beauty and the Beast  |   Friday, Feb. 17

Spring Mix  |  Saturday, April 6

Cinderella  |  Saturday, May 18

Curtain Up! *

A truly special opportunity to watch the last few minutes of company class on stage! After class is over we’ll get a quick overview of the production and take your questions. 1 p.m on the first Sunday of the production run.

Light in the Dark  |  Oct. 29

Guest: Rachel Stegeman, PBT Orchestra’s 1st Violin co-leader and Adjunct Professor of Strings, Mary Pappert School Of Music, Duquesne University. We’ll discuss her performance in Sounds of the Sun. The violin is one of the featured instruments in the Violins of Hope project and exhibition.


Beauty and the Beast  |  Feb. 18

Spring Mix  |  April 7

Cinderella  |  May 19

*We’ll be in the Orchestra level (first floor) of the theater for Opening Night Preview, Artist Q&A and Curtain Up!


Family Workshops 

It’s always easier for kids to appreciate and understand ballet with a little preparation! Join us for a story time and more fun at 12:45 p.m. on the first Saturday of the production run for our Family Fairy Tale series performances. Space is limited so we require registration for these programs.

The Nutcracker  |  Dec. 9   |  Register

Meet the Mice characters and see their dance!





Beauty and the Beast  |  Feb. 17  |  Craft with PBT Costume Director Kristin McLain!  Register

Cinderella  |  May 18  |  Register

For this program go around to the back of the theater building and enter at the Stage Door of the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave.

PBT Connects programs presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.