Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts

  • Date: May 18 - May 31, 2021
  • Venue: Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh

After a year of darkened theaters, Pittsburgh’s performing artists are stepping out into the open air. This May, over 20 local performing arts organizations will gather at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park to perform on Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s mobile stage for Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts. Join us for FREE for two weeks of music, theater and dance from May 18-31. Click to learn more and view the list of participating organizations below.

Series Sponsors

Media Sponsor

CBS Television Stations. KDKA


PBT thanks the following foundations for their support in acquiring the mobile stage:

Richard King Mellon Foundation
Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust
Jack Buncher Foundation
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for more information.


Performance Information

Information for performances by participating organizations will be available on each organization’s website. Reservations for chairs or FREE lawn seating are now open for PBT performances here.

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions. Please note, performance times subject to change.

View the Calendar of Events

Read About PBT Performances

Additional support provided by the following Sponsors:

Festival Sponsors

Vivian and Bill Benter
Ryan Memorial Foundation

Celebration Sponsors

  • 84 Lumber
  • 1987 Nemacolin logo

Steffie Bozic
The Remmel Foundation
Charlotte and David Stephenson

Event Sponsors

William and Carolyn Byham

David and Dorrit Tuthill


Participating Organizations

Visit each organization’s website for information about performances or view the calendar for a complete schedule.

Read About PBT Performances

Attack Theatre
Balafon West African Dance
Chatham Baroque
High Five Productions
Hope Academy
Lemington Gospel Choir
Jumping Jack Theater

Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents:

Sidra Bell Dance New York
STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

Richard Parsakian presents Dance Showcase, featuring:

Antonio Brown (Antonio Brown Dance)
Kaylin Horgan
James Gilmer
James Manning
Jennifer Keller
Julia Erickson
Jil Stifel
Nick Daniels (DANA Movement Ensemble)
Rocker Verastique and Danny Herman
Vanessa German

The Pillow Project
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Pittsburgh CLO
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh Opera
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents Vanessa German
Pittsburgh Public Theater
River City Brass Band
Shana Simmons Dance
Staycee Pearl and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre present Open Window, featuring:

Allie Tiso
Lexi Troianos
Jamie Erin Murphy
Joanna Schmidt
José Pérez IV
Molly Huey & Olivia Nellis
MVMT Duet
The Pillow Project
slowdanger
Shana Simmons (Shana Simmons Dance)

Tania & Jeff Grubbs
Texture Contemporary Ballet
West Hills Symphonic Band