2019 PYTA Conference Special Events: Open to the Public
This year, the PYTA Conference is hosting TWO public evening events in partnership with local Pittsburgh organizations. Admission is FREE for all. Folks not attending the conference are encouraged to book their ticket ahead of time to ensure entry. Conference attendees are guaranteed entrance.
Tickets will be available at the door.
Thursday, July 25th
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Conference Film Screening with ReelQ and City of Asylum
City of Asylum at Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall
American Idol and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical, Straight Outta Oz. From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, comes an inspiring documentary of the redemptive power of art. We watch him struggle to write songs about growing up gay and black in small-town Texas, his difficult relationship with his mom, and the harsh realities of trying to make it in show business.
Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest running film festival in Pittsburgh, the 5th oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the United States, the 6th oldest in the world. We strive to bring unique queer cultural events to Pittsburgh year-round by offering free monthly events across the city designed to specifically to support LGBTQ+ artists and provide an educational and entertaining outlet for the LGBTQ+ community.
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City is a hub for Pittsburgh’s readers and writers, jazz and small-scale music and performance, and artistic experimentation. It is a home for diverse voices from around the globe—a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh. And it is also a home for many partnering artists and organizations in our own community.
By establishing a safe haven for writers and artists who voice ideas that are new, different, or provocative in a diverse urban community, we encourage new lines of communication, cultural exchange, and collaboration. Sharing one another’s narratives can transform the lives of both residents and artists and combat intolerance and exclusion.
Entrance to the film screening is free. Conference attendees do not need to reserve a ticket. If you are not a conference attendee, reserve a ticket here!
Saturday, July 27th
7:30 - 11:30pm
Conference Celebration featuring Dreams of Hope
937 Liberty Ave. 1st Fl.Pittsburgh, PA
Celebrate with PYTA as we honor our members and experience the incredible work of our conference host, Dreams of Hope!
Dreams of Hope’s theatriQ will present an excerpt from their most recent show, Chasing Elevation, along with musical and drag performances from individual ensemble members.
In addition to the performance, we will be presenting our annual PYTA Awards to our 2019 winners: Mikayla Reynolds, Theo Meacham, and About Face Youth Theatre.
All donations from the evening will go to Dreams of Hope.
Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied (LGBTQA+) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.
Our performance ensemble, theatriQ, (ages 13-21) works with professional artists to create original work addressing LGBTQA+ themes. They engage and educate audiences through performances and hands-on workshops.
Entrance to the celebration is free. Conference attendees do not need to reserve a ticket. If you are not a conference attendee, reserve a ticket here!
about the 2019 PYTA Conference
Every year since 2010, the Pride Youth Theater Alliance invites directors, educators, artists and activists to come together for week of workshops, sessions, and events focusing on best practices in queer youth theater. This year the conference is based in Pittsburgh, PA!