Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts

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

Due to weather conditions, the Sunday, May 30 performance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

The PBT Orchestra will still perform at 6:00 p.m. Learn more here.

The Pillow Project will still perform at 9:00 p.m.

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. Watch the program announcement here and scroll or click to learn more.

View the list of participating organizations, then check out the calendar of events or view the calendar as a list for a complete schedule.

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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.

Important Notice: Dance is a physically demanding and, at times, hazardous undertaking for our artists. Please understand that temperatures below 65°F and above 95°F present additional hazards. With the safety of our performers in mind, PBT reserves the right to cancel or amend PBT performances as necessary during the run of Open Air. We will, of course, endeavor to assist any patron displaced by a weather event to attend a different performance. Thank you for your kind understanding.

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. View the calendar by month or view the calendar as a list for a complete schedule.

Read About PBT Performances

Attack Theatre
Balafon West African Dance
Chatham Baroque
High Five Productions
Hope Academy
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

Pastor Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale
The Pillow Project
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Pittsburgh CLO
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Elias Khouri
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
Big Storm
Jamie Erin Murphy
JoAnna Schmidt
Lexi Troianos
Molly Huey & Olivia Nellis
The Pillow Project
Shana Simmons Dance

Tania & Jeff Grubbs
Texture Contemporary Ballet
West Hills Symphonic Band