PBT Connects Theater Programs

Enrich your ballet experience with our pre-and-post-show educational programs.

This is your chance to pick the brain of our artistic director, dancers and visiting artists as they fill you in on the the creative process behind bringing a ballet to the stage. These programs are complimentary (except for the Let’s Dance! Nutcracker Workshop) for ticket holders and are held at the Benedum Center or August Wilson Center.

Opening Night Performance Preview

Know before you go! This introduction will prep you to more fully appreciate what you’re about to see on stage. Programs take place on the first Friday night of a production run at 7 p.m. In the theater; no reservations necessary.

Giselle: October 25 at 7 p.m. – Join us for this special preview of the ballet with principal dancer Alexandra Kochis and retiring principal Luca Sbrizzi, who portray Giselle and Albrecht in the Saturday night performance. 

Beauty and the Beast: February 14 at 7 p.m. – with Beauty and the Beast répétiteur Leslie Young.

Here + Now: March 20 at 7 p.m. Postponed.

Balanchine + Tchaikovsky: April 17 at 7 p.m.

Family Pointe

Bring the whole family! –  to an entertaining pre-show program designed for all ages. This 30-minute program takes place from 1 – 1:30 p.m. just prior to a Saturday matinee. Hear the story of the ballet, see costumed characters and get up on your feet and try out some ballet choreography! A great way to get familiar with the production before the show. Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.

The Nutcracker: December 7 at 1 p.m.


The Nutcracker: December 14 at 1 p.m.


Beauty and the Beast: February 22 at 1 p.m.



An in-depth discussion with PBT’s artistic staff and visiting artists, whose personal insights provide unique historical and cultural context for the production. Saturday, 7 – 7:30 p.m, located on the Mezzanine level at the Benedum Center (except where noted). Registration request at the links below:

Giselle:  October 26 at 7 p.m. – PBT Ballet Mistress Marianna Tcherkassky and principal dancer Amanda Cochrane discuss the role of Giselle. We apologize – Insights is now at capacity! Please email education@pittsburghballet.org if you’d like to place your name on the waiting list. Thank you!

Beauty and the Beast: February 15 at 7 p.m.


Here + Now: March 21 at 7 p.m., August Wilson Center. Postponed. 

Balanchine + Tchaikovsky: April 18 at 7 p.m.:


Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. Sunday, 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted); in the theater, no reservations necessary.

Giselle: October 27 at 1 p.m. – Maestro Charles Barker joins us after class observation to offer a brief look at the music of Giselle

Beauty and the Beast: February 16 at 1 p.m.

Here + Now: March 22 at 1 p.m. Postponed.

Balanchine + Tchaikovsky: April 19 at 1 p.m.

Let’s Dance! Nutcracker Workshop

The best way for children to connect with a ballet performance is to dance it themselves! No dance experience is required for this fun, 45-minute class that takes place just before the Sunday, December 8 matinee performance. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from The Nutcracker. Appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5 – 13.  Fee: $10, in addition to ticket purchase for the corresponding matinee. Classes located at the Benedum Center; enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.

Sunday, December 8 at 10 a.m. (prior to the 12 p.m. matinee)


The Nutcracker 101

A preview of PBT’s uniquely Pittsburgh version of the ballet! For anyone who’s never seen our version or who just wants a refresher on the story! Open seating; no reservations necessary. Enter at the Benedum stage door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.

Saturday, December 14 at 6 p.m.





Programs presented in partnership with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

For questions about any of our theater programs email education@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9109.