CORNINGWORKS celebrates 5th anniversary with AT ONCE THERE WAS A HOUSE

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(Pittsburgh, PA) CORNINGWORKS, directed by Beth Corning, opens its celebratory 5th anniversary season with the world premiere of Pittsburgh’s 7th annual GLUE FACTORY PROJECT — AT ONCE THERE WAS A HOUSE, starring a multidisciplinary cast of local Pittsburgh celebrities including critically acclaimed actor JOHN GRESH, Squonk Opera’s JACKIE DEMPSEY, Attack Theatre’s MICHELE DE LA REZA, former PBT principal dancer TAMAR RACHELLE TOLENTINO, and YOAV HADDAR, former dancer with the companies of José Limón, Paul Taylor, and Pilobolus Dance Theatre among others. Co-presented by, and performed at The New Hazlett Theater, March 25 – 29, 2015.

In 2010, after serving as the Executive Artistic Director of the Dance Alloy Theater, Corning returned to her roots of creating, performing and directing her own company. With the encouragement of the local and national community (both public and philanthropic) CORNINGWORKS was founded as a vehicle for Corning to develop her unique style of dancetheater works that explore not only issues of importance to more “mature” audiences, but also engages internationally & nationally renowned “mature” performers through her unique series THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT.

Initiated in Minneapolis in 2000, THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT is the umbrella for Cornings’ full-evening length dancetheater productions created for critically renowned performers over the age of 40. Works that explore mature themes and subject matter, highlighting the mastery of mature renowned artists, who bring nuance, subtlety, and a deep sense of humanity to each work. Engaging a diverse cast of critically acclaimed performers from the performing arts that include stars from TV, music, theater, and dance, these full-evening works transcend age and address universal issues of the human condition with Corning’s signature dry wit, lush movement, theatrical inventions, and seasoned point of view.

In March 2010, this innovative series premiered in Pittsburgh with A SEAT AT THE TABLE, garnering rave national and local reviews. This was followed in 2011 by the critically acclaimed world premiere of ARE WE THERE YET? The 2012 production of THE LIFE & DEATH OF LITTLE FINN was a sold out event, and voted #4 in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s 2012 Top Ten Dance Performances, (which includes both local and national companies performing in Pittsburgh) and in June 2013, Corning’s one woman show REMAINS garnered standing ovations with headlines claiming “Masterful… Astute Observations… A tour de force.”. Again the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s voted REMAINS as one of their Top Ten Dance Performances of 2013, and City Paper called it “one of SEVEN TRANSFORMATIVE DANCE PERFORMANCES of 2013”. In January 2014, RECIPES OUR MOTHERS GAVE US won rave reviews and played to 5 sold-out houses, and the recent September 2014 production of PARALLEL LIVES, was noted by the Tribune Review, as one of “the latest in a string of touching and masterly pieces” and was noted as the Post Gazette’s Top Ten Dance Performances of 2014.

Now Celebrating it’s 5th Anniversary Season, Corning presents AT ONCE THERE WAS A HOUSE , a zany theatrical ride that explores the question of “whatever happened to Dick & Jane?” a series of vignettes that range from the humorous to the poignant, from the comical to the disturbing. In 2005, Corning was commissioned by GROUNDWORKS DANCETHEATER in Cleveland to create AT ONCE THERE WAS HOUSE. Created specifically on the personalities and talents of those highly trained dancers, this 30-minute version of the work won both public and critical acclaim.

“The irony is thick…an astonishing work…there is no guessing what comes next, and while there are lots of laughs in the piece, they’re balanced by poignant moments that make it thoughtful and persuasive.” — Akron Beacon

A year later, Corning “re-fitted” the work for the dancers of Dance Alloy Theater, changing the piece to fit the specific talents and personalities of the dancers of that company. Again, the work won public and critical acclaim.

” A psychological thriller, full of vivid portraits that both delighted and discomforted. This was not only compelling dance, but compelling theater!” — Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Corning chose the opportunity of CORNINGWORKS 5th Anniversary celebration to look back at some of her prior works and “re-discovered” HOUSE. Now fully immersed in the GLUE FACTORY series she saw an opportunity to further expand this prior work — not to re-create it per se, but to further develop it, using the original version as a foundation, exploring and creating new layers with a seasoned and mature group of artists. This is a truly rare opportunity for both Corning and Pittsburgh audiences.

HOUSE is built on a series of characters, each specifically drawn from the performers themselves. Working with “seasoned” adults, rather than the “young” adults (upon which the original was created), Corning sees a rich chance to implement skills honed and borne over the past decade, to explore the deeper concepts and conceits of this deeply psychological work – a work that explores hidden lives – the secrets we consciously choose to either reveal or conceal. Jettisoned to life via the deeply political and psychological metaphors of 1950 elementary school educational icons DICK & JANE – the perfect WASP family – perfect wife, perfect husband, perfect children, perfect dog, perfect life.  And then?

Along with Corning, this seasoned, multi-disciplinary group of performers include:

  • Jackie Dempsey musician, performer, composer, founder of SQUONK OPERA
  • John Gresh, noted actor, educator, and director, including PICT, barebones productions, Quantum Theatre
  • Yoav Kaddar, former dancer with Pilobolus, the companies of Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor among others
  • Michele de la Reza, dancer, choreographer, founder of ATTACK THEATRE
  • Tamar Tolentino, former principal dancer with PBT, and national ballet companies & choreographersCorning has long been noted for her vivid multi-disciplinary dance-theater work that combines sophistication, clarity of theatrical concepts, lush movement vocabulary, and dynamic musicality. Humor co-exists with serious examination of such issues as art and myth, gender and aging – intimate slices of the human condition. In all her work, Corning strives to provide a high-quality artistic experience for both artist and audiences, to constantly explore new structures and modes of expression, and to open doors through which we might communicate, and reveal new images of ourselves.

AT ONCE THERE WAS A HOUSE performs March 25 through 29th.  Wednesday: 7pm.  Thursday: 8pm, followed by a moderated post performance talk back with audience and cast led by twenty-year veteran of New York’s Off- Broadway scene, local actor & educator SHARON BRADY.  Friday: 8pm, with specially priced tickets for Corningworks 5th Birthday Bash -party with the performers and crew for a post-performance “champagne & dessert” with live music.  Saturday: 8pm.  Sunday: “Pay what you can admission,” available only at the door with regular reserved tickets available online.  The New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh PA.  $30 general admission, $25 senior/student.  Friday night performance and party:  $50.  For tickets: (CORNINGWORKS) or call 1-888-718-4243, or call 412-320-4610.





Point Park University mourns the death of long-time dance professor Ron Tassone


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PITTSBURGH – It is with profound sadness that Point Park University and the Conservatory of Performing Arts announce the passing of dance legend Ron Tassone.

Tassone, 76, a full-time professor of dance, died Tuesday. He started at Point Park in September 1974.

Tassone began his career in summer stock and upon graduation made his Broadway debut in “Gypsy,” followed by seven other Broadway shows, including “Subways are for Sleeping,” “No Strings,” “Here’s Love,” “Fade-Out, Fade-In”,”Funny Girl,” “George M.” and “Billy.” He has also appeared on various television shows and in films.

“Ron was beloved by students and faculty. He brought tremendous joy to his students and the university, and our world is less rich with his absence,” University President Paul Hennigan said. “Ron loved his students and helped launch many a dancer’s career. He started the jazz program at Point Park and his legacy will live on through the work of his students. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family.”

Tassone established the jazz major within the Point Park dance program and assumed the role of director of dance for 10 years. He choreographed more than 25 jazz dance works at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. He also choreographed and/or directed many musicals at theatres such as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Kenley Players, Phoenix Star Theatre, Music Fairs, Inc., and West Virginia Public Theatre. He was the co-choreographer of the American College Theatre Festival award-winning Grand Hotel, performed at the Kennedy Center in April 2002.

Tassone served as adjudicator for Dance Masters of Pennsylvania, Dance Masters of America, Lucas & Co. and Headliners regional and national competitions.

“He created the dancer and human being that I am today,” said Kiesha Lalama, associate professor of dance. “Everything I am is because of that man.

“The legacy he has established is legendary, to say the least. He gave his heart and soul to this dance program and to the Conservatory,” she said. “All he wanted to do was put smiles on people’s faces through dance. He has touched thousands of dancers’ lives and launched so many careers. He is one of those teachers you will always remember because he is one of those who helped shape your career and who you are as a person.”

Funeral details will be announced at a later date.


JOE NICKEL – Choreographer, MadHouse Productions

Tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant, it’s back to the bar for host Brian Edward – ballet bar, that is – as he sits down with MadHouse choreographer and producer Joe Nickel. Joe discusses pulling out all the stops for his BURGHLESQUE productions, bringing together some of the city’s top talent. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast for Joe’s pros for producing in Pittsburgh, Brian Edward’s dream job, and more! BURGHLESQUE performs Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the CLO Cabaret, Downtown. Continue reading “JOE NICKEL – Choreographer, MadHouse Productions”

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents Free “Ballet Under the Stars” Performance at Hartwood Acres this Sunday


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents its free performance and picnic in the park at the Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area on Sunday, Aug. 17. “Ballet Under the Stars” begins at 5 p.m. with free children’s activities and a ticketed pre-show picnic dinner followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance.  As part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, PBT invites community members to gather their lawn chairs and blankets for a summer evening of classical and contemporary choreography at the Hartwood Acres amphitheater. “Ballet Under the Stars” gives audiences their first look at the 2014-2015 company roster and builds excitement for PBT’s 45th Anniversary Season, which opens in October at the Benedum Center. This year’s performance will provide a sneak peek of the grand pas de deux from PBT’s 45th Anniversary Season opener, “The Sleeping Beauty.”  The program also will reprise 2013-2014 Season highlights with bravura dancing from the classic “Don Quixote” and an encore performance of choreographer Viktor Plotnikov’s contemporary ballet, “In Your Eyes,” which PBT gave its world premiere in March.

Audience members also can take advantage of a special single ticket pre-sale for PBT’s 45th Anniversary Season, which opens Oct. 24-26, with “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Benedum Center. The five-ballet lineup will continue with “The Nutcracker” in December, “Beauty and the Beast” in February, “PBT Premieres” in March and “La Bayadère” in April. For more information about PBT’s 2014-2015 Season, visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pre-Show Children’s Activities (Free) – 5:00 p.m.

Dinner Under the PBT Tent (Tickets needed) – 5:00 p.m.

PBT Performance (Free) – 7:30 p.m.

Hartwood Acres –Middle Road Performance Area

Hartwood Acres

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

*Follow signs to Middle Road Performance Area off of Harts Run Road

 TICKETS:      Performance and pre-performance children’s activities are free and open to the public.

*Please note that the pre-show barbecue dinner under the PBT Tent is a ticketed, fundraising event. Tickets are available for $75 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets are available at or by calling 412-454-9138.



ELISA-MARIE ALAIO – Choreographer, fireWALL Dance Theater

‘Burgh Vivant is on FIRE this week with Elisa-Marie Alaio, choreographer and Artistic Director of Off The Wall Performing Arts Center’s fireWALL Dance Theater. The dance company has its official debut May 23rd with the premiere of ON THE ROX – and Elisa-Marie has the details. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in audio podcast for Elisa-Marie’s thoughts on Dancing with the Stars, the journey that brought her to Off the Wall, and a salute to Chita Rivera! Continue reading “ELISA-MARIE ALAIO – Choreographer, fireWALL Dance Theater”

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JENNIFER MARINO – Artistic Director, Jemeena Bellydance

Performer and Jemeena Bellydance Artistic Director Jennifer Marino takes us on a multicultural journey through the art of bellydance, noting its benefits, dispelling its misconceptions, and assuring us that “anyone can bellydance” – a statement that is taken to task when host Brian Edward and some of your favorite ‘Burgh Vivant contributors attempt to shake their stuff in Jemeena’s classroom!  Listen to the “Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast to learn more about Jennifer’s approach to teaching bellydance, and how you too can become a master of the hip swivel – and all while balancing your martini! Continue reading “JENNIFER MARINO – Artistic Director, Jemeena Bellydance”

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Conservatory Dance Company at the Byham Theater showcases work by visionary, internationally acclaimed choreographers

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PITTSBURGH – Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company continues its acclaimed tradition of featuring the work of some of the most visionary and internationally recognized choreographers with the Conservatory Dance Company at the Byham Theater, April 17-19.

The performances begin at 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Byham Theater, Sixth Street, downtown. Tickets are $18-20, and are available by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000 or at

This year’s curated evening of dance offers a sampling of styles from choreographers George Balanchine, Martha Graham, David Parsons and Dwight Rhoden.

Choreographed by Balanchine in 1934, Serenade was staged for the Conservatory Dance Company by Joysanne Sidimus. The Russian-born Balanchine, who died in 1983, is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. His more than 400 works of dance include Serenade, The Nutcracker, Orpheus, Symphony in Three Movements and Vienna Waltzes.

Miki Orihara stages Graham’s Steps in the Street, an excerpt from Chronicle. The program note from its 1936 premiere at the Guild Theatre in New York said, “Chronicle does not attempt to show the actualities of war; rather, by evoking war’s images, it sets forth the fateful prelude to war, portrays the devastation of the spirit which it leaves in its wake, and suggests an answer.”

Parsons’ Wolfgang was commissioned by and created for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2005. Staged by Elizabeth Koeppen, it features Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. Parsons was a leading dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Taylor created many roles for Parsons in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. The New York Times called Parsons “one of the great movers of modern dance.”

Gary W. Jeter II stages Rhoden’s work, Mercy. Called “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day” by The New York Times, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 1994, he and Desmond Richardson founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet and, together, have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for two decades.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents “Don Quixote” with orchestra

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2013-2014 Season Finale Features Festive, Grand-scale Classic April 11-13, at the Benedum

PITTSBURGH, PA – A ballet for the adventurous and imaginative, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre concludes its 2013-2014 Season with the daring “Don Quixote,” presented with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra April 11-13, at the Benedum Center.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “Don Quixote,” staged by PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, features elaborate sets, bold costumes and classical choreography with a Spanish flair. Inspired by the literary classic, “Don Quixote” has mesmerized audiences with complex choreography, balletic bravado and virtuoso variations for more than a century.

WATCH/LISTEN:  ‘Burgh Vivant’s interview with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Terrence S. Orr

“Don Quixote” premiered in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow with choreography by Marius Petipa, considered the “father of classical ballet.” This production was later restaged by Alexander Gorsky, and the resulting Petipa/Gorsky version has endured today. The intricate footwork and bravura performances of “Don Quixote” showcase the technique, artistry and athleticism of PBT dancers. At the height of its virtuosic variations, the show-stopping grand pas de deux of the wedding scene is considered to be one of the most technically-demanding sequences in classical ballet. Set to one of Ludwig Minkus’ most masterful ballet scores, the vibrancy of the production comes to life through charismatic characters, comedic touches and tour de force dancing.

“’Don Quixote’ features some of the most exciting dancing in classical ballet,” said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.  “This is a rich and festive production that brings together themes of love, hope and adventure and, throughout, keeps the virtuosic choreography front and center.”

The novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes was published in two installments in 1605 and 1615. The story follows the extravagant Spanish nobleman Alonso Quixana as he seeks adventure under the pseudonym Don Quixote. Along with his sidekick Sancho Panza, Don Quixote bravely sets out to revive chivalry. The novel has long been considered a classic because of its comedic approach to themes of courage, idealism and deception. The ballet portrays episodes of this classic novel.

Danced in three acts, “Don Quixote” tells the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they set out to find Dulcinea, Don Quixote’s version of the ideal woman. In a village, they encounter Kitri, the daughter of Lorenzo. In the midst of the excitement surrounding Don Quixote’s visit, Kitri runs away with her lover, Basilio, to escape an arranged marriage to the vain nobleman Gamache. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza follow, believing that Kitri is Don Quixote’s Dulcinea. When they find the lovers, however, Don Quixote realizes that Kitri belongs with Basilio. In one of the ballet’s most famous scenes, Don Quixote foolishly attacks a windmill he thinks is endangering his Dulcinea. Lorenzo and Gamache eventually catch up with the runaways and try to force Kitri to marry Gamache. Basilio, her true love, pretends to commit suicide, and Kitri cleverly convinces her father to allow her to wed her lover’s “corpse.”

Lorenzo finally gives in to his daughter’s wishes, and at once Basilio “comes back to life.” Lorenzo and Gamache reluctantly accept Kitri’s choice, and Kitri and Basilio are happily married at the ballet’s conclusion. Don Quixote congratulates the happy couple and continues his lifelong quest for honor and adventure.

start at $25.75, and can be purchased online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

Show Times:

·         Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Present Pittsburgh Premiere of “Ketubah”

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Jewish Community Centers to Present
Discussion Series Exploring the Heritage of the Ballet

PITTSBURGH, PA – As one of three featured works in its March mixed repertory performance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Julia Adam’s “Ketubah” – inspired by traditional Jewish wedding rituals – March 7-16, at the August Wilson Center.

“Ketubah” is a critically acclaimed, lively, contemporary ballet inspired by the Eastern European Jewish Ashkenazi wedding ritual. Choreographer Julia Adam drew upon her own family roots when creating the piece for Houston Ballet in 2004. Set to Klezmer music, the performance follows one young couple from matchmaking to their wedding night. A vibrant ensemble of 16 dancers and evocative use of fabric depict and honor the mikvah, veil, chuppah, and other rituals and traditions that comprise a Jewish marriage celebration. The title, “Ketubah,” refers to the marriage contract signed by the bride and groom on their wedding day. Adam creates a hybrid movement vocabulary of ballet, modern and Israeli folk dance to set the customs in motion.
Leading up to its main-stage performance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents several opportunities to explore the inspiration and heritage behind the ballet:

·         Ketubah Display
February 10 – March 16, 2014; American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

Visitors can view the artistry and sentiment of the ballet’s namesake in five works from private collections.

·         Pointe of View Salons
February 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. –  JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill
February 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. – JCC, South Hills

Explore the ballet, ketubah art and symbolism, and the cultural history of Jewish wedding traditions. Presenters: Rabbi Donni Aaron, a Jewish educator of JCC Pittsburgh; artist Judy Perlow; and Lisa Auel of PBT’s Education Department.

·         OSHER Evening Lecture Series
March 4, 2014 at  7:30 p.m.; McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University

An esteemed panel will discuss the ballet’s unique connections between the rich cultural heritage of ballet, of the ketubah as an artifact and art form, and of Jewish marriage customs. Panelists will include PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr; choreographer Julia Adam; James A. Gibson, Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai, and artist Judy Perlow. This event is presented in collaboration with CMU’s OSHER Life-long Learning Institute.

About 3×3 at the August Wilson Center
PBT pushes the boundaries of ballet in “3×3,” a mixed repertory program showcasing an unconventional exploration of ballet musicality and movement. In addition to “Ketubah,” the program features a PBT world premiere by choreographer Viktor Plotnikov and Dwight Rhoden’s jazz-inspired “Smoke ‘n Roses” set to the live vocals of Pittsburgh’s own Etta Cox. “3×3” takes the stage March 7-16, for two weekends at the August Wilson Center. Tickets start at $25.75, and can be purchased online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

About Choreographer Julia Adam  
Canadian-born Julia Adam received her early training in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, and at age thirteen began studies at the National Ballet School in Toronto, graduating in 1983. She spent the next five years honing her skills at the National Ballet of Canada. In 1988, Julia joined the San Francisco Ballet, where she finished the remainder of her dancing career, gaining prestige as a principal dancer known for her lyricism, musicality and broad theatrical range. After retiring from dancing in 2002, Adam was able to devote more time to her love and talent for choreography. She created her first ballet, The Medium is the Message, in 1993 for San Francisco Ballet’s Choreographic Workshop, drawing much attention for her uncanny wit and unique sense of movement. Since then she has created a number of works for companies, including Marin Ballet, The Bay Area Dance Series, Ballet Met, Alberta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet and Nashville Ballet among others.

‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward to emcee cabaret at Off The Wall

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CARNEGIE, PA – This Valentine’s weekend, ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward will emcee the first in a series of variety cabarets sporting acts of music, comedy, dance, poetry, and more, produced by Off The Wall Productions.

The cabaret will feature performances by Hotep the Artist (pantomime and spoken word), Vocalist Rebecca Covert, comedian Derek Minto, and Off The Wall’s new resident company fireWALL Dance Theater.  Performance dates are Friday, February 14th at 7:00pm, and Saturday, February 15th at 8:00pm, at Off The Wall Theater, 25 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA.  Ample free parking is available.  Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Brian Edward is the host and executive producer of ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s cultural talk magazine.  He has worked in the theatre in the capacity of actor, director, playwright, and comedian, with local credits including Pittsburgh Opera, Arcade Comedy Theater, and The REP.  Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002.  He is also the creator of the musical comedy Amish Burlesque.  He has emceed numerous charitable events and film festivals, is frequently quoted in print and radio, and has been a recurrent guest on the CBS-KDKA morning show, Pittsburgh LIVE Today.

Off The Wall is a Pittsburgh theatre production company whose mission is to enrich, enliven, educate, amaze and entertain its audiences, and to help create a more conscious and compassionate community while increasing the public knowledge and appreciation of theater in South Western Pennsylvania.  Off The Wall aims to encourage and support the admiration of all arts and artists by providing a home in which live theater, dance, music, and comedy can be presented, and to nurture, challenge, inspire and empower women theater artists from the Pittsburgh region and beyond to collaborate as playwrights, directors, technicians, and actors, explore new ideas, and develop new works.  Off The Wall’s 96 – seat house offers an intimate environment, allowing performers to have close interaction with their audience.

WATCH/LISTEN:  ‘Burgh Vivant’s guest Virginia Wall Gruenert – Artistic Director of Off The Wall Productions.

WATCH/LISTEN:  ‘Burgh Vivant’s guest Kim El – poet, actor, writer, director, now performing her original show STRAIGHTENING COMBS in repertory at Off The Wall Theatre.