Named after 20th century entertainment legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, both natives of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is reflective of the passion that its founders had for the arts. Today, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater carries on the legacy of its founders by fostering bold and innovative artistry with a global perspective. The theater celebrates diversity in voice, thought, and expression, and upholds a firm commitment to inclusion. Furthermore, KST provides a safe and welcome space for dialogue and artistic expression for all who enter.
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater has a dynamic footprint in Pittsburgh, with two venues running along Penn Avenue. The KST Alloy Studios is a cultural hub in the heart of East Liberty, and the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater is located in the thriving business district. “Together We Build Community” at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. And more than fifteen years after the founding of the theater, KST continues to use its broad reach to impact the contemporary arts and the community.