Regent Theatre Centennial Performances Feature Carmen de Lavallade, Hind Benali

Regent - exterior_full NEW[Pittsburgh, PA] – Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) kicks off its seventh season of dance, theater, film, and celebrations with internationally renowned and local artists. This season the theater takes a look back in time with the centennial anniversary of the space that KST calls home — the historic Regent Theatre. An entertainment destination since 1914, the Regent building continues to deliver extraordinary arts experiences to the East End community.

“Through all the changes and redevelopment East Liberty has endured this venue has always been a hub for quality entertainment and the community to get together,” says Janera Solomon, KST executive director. “We strive to present local and international artists that give our audiences unexpected and unique experiences.”

Lori Moran, vice president of the East Liberty Chamber of Commerce, is excited about the building’s future.

“The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, mirroring East Liberty’s dogged resilience, offers theatre attendees a wide array of entertainment and remains a pillar of the community,” says Moran. “Janera Solomon has transformed a diamond in the rough to a polished and spectacular jewel, bringing dance, drama and laughter back to East Liberty’s center stage. Spectacular venue, entertainment for all.”

Reverend Randall K. Bush, senior pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, is a close neighbor and friend of KST. He reflects, “In the late 1980s, strong interest existed in bringing a community theater to life in the old Regent Theatre building. Early fundraising efforts were encouraging, but by 1996, this initial plan failed and the theater doors were locked. Working closely with East Liberty Development, Inc., the congregation of East Liberty Presbyterian Church signed on as an anchor tenant for what would become the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The church made this commitment to the theater as one way to revitalize the East Liberty neighborhood and to encourage community talent to be showcased in a vibrant urban performance space. It is with great joy and pride that East Liberty Presbyterian Church gazes across the street to see the transformed Regent Theatre once again strengthening our shared neighborhood and showcasing the talent of our community through the active programming of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.”

This season, KST celebrates and honors 100 incredible years of the historic Regent Theatre building. In addition to celebrating the centennial, KST presents three Pittsburgh premieres, including the legendary dance icon Carmen de Lavallade, international dance artist Hind Benali, and local favorite TanzTheater André Koslowski.

KST encourages active audience engagement through activities including pre-show mixers, post-performance discussions, dance parties, workshops, and artist lunches.

[Photo: A historic postcard shows the Regent Theatre as it would appear in the early 20th century.]

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