About Us

One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since 1969.

The company’s eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by a series of distinguished artistic directors over five decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. From 1997 to 2020, the company flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form.

In June 2020, Susan Jaffe, a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer declared by the New York Times to be “America’s quintessential American ballerina,” became PBT’s seventh artistic director. Ms. Jaffe’s prolific career as an internationally acclaimed dancer, ballet mistress, choreographer and dean of dance at a university, has set the stage for a new evolution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Ms. Jaffe’s inaugural 2021-2022 Season will reveal an exciting repertoire of innovation and creativity with programs filled with new commissions and current works by prominent choreographers that have moved the art form forward in the 21st century, while emphasizing diverse voices and excellence in the classics.


To unleash ballet’s vast potential to enrich lives.


To be Pittsburgh’s source and ambassador for extraordinary ballet experiences that give life to the classical tradition, nurture new ideas and, above all, inspire.

Diversity Statement

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is committed to increasing equity, access and opportunity in the art of ballet. We believe that bringing together people with diverse perspectives, histories and life experiences will make ballet richer, stronger and more innovative — resulting in vibrant experiences for all.