The Loti Falk Scholarship
Loti Falk Gaffney, founding Board of Trustees Chair
Those who knew Loti Falk Gaffney describe her as unshakeable — a woman who poured her heart and soul into the causes she loved — and as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s fiercest advocate. She was connected at the highest levels of Pittsburgh society and garnered crucial early support for PBT from friends and businesses. Over her two decades of leadership, she wore virtually every conceivable hat at PBT — lead fundraiser, board chair, executive director and even interim artistic director. Yet she was not afraid to dig into the day-to-day work of a ballet company: stitching costumes, taking ticket sales over the phone, laying dance floor and more. She and her husband Leon also gave PBT sustained financial support, including fully funding its first studio headquarters and current home on Liberty Avenue. Their backing was no less than a lifeline for the company. Loti’s generosity, drive, positivity and work ethic are a heritage that continues to define PBT today.
Applicants are required to register for a live class audition during our National ISP Audition Tour to be called back for the finalist round. Applications due by 2/3/2022. All application materials must be submitted prior to the live audition date.
Calling all high school age dancers:
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is looking for exceptional young artists who embody the characteristics of the organization’s founder, Loti Falk. Scholarship applicants should demonstrate their desire for a professional track and potential in classical ballet, musicality, expressiveness, dedication and leadership qualities in and out of the studio. To be considered for the Loti Falk Scholarship, students must also have financial constraints.
High school age students only.
PBT School is dedicated to training the next generation of professionals.
To apply, please submit:
A 500 word personal essay describing the reasons why you desire to be a professional dancer, and what you do to demonstrate leadership in your school or community through your actions and words. We also require three recommendation letters from teachers, choreographers or coaches. Students’ families must submit paperwork/justification that demonstrates proof of financial need.
The finalist round consists of a personal interview and class with the PBT School Director and faculty.
Please join us in congratulating PBT School student, Sophia Magliocco, the inaugural recipient of the Loti Falk Scholarship!
I am so grateful for the Loti Falk Scholarship as it has allowed me to continue doing what I love most!
– Sophia M.
Photograph by Aviana Adams