Kelly-Strayhorn Performing Arts Center

5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 412-363-3000


The Kelly-Strayhorn is a community theater providing diverse artistic, cultural and educational programs. It is named in honor of two of Pittsburgh’s most famous sons, actor/dancer/choreographer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and jazz pianist/composer Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967).

Located in the racially diverse urban neighborhood of East Liberty, the theater draws its audience from all of Pittsburgh. They are an accessible cultural and educational resource, and an important part of the plan for the community's revitalization.

The Kelly-Strayhorn fosters a positive multi-cultural community identity, and generates an appreciable economic and cultural impact by filling a void in Pittsburgh for a professionally-equipped, 350-seat multiple-use theater. As a moderately priced, informal, intimate performance venue, the Kelly-Strayhorn is an ideal place for regional artists and arts organizations to take risks and try out new work. They are also a warm and welcoming place in which emerging local artists can establish a presence and build a following in the Pittsburgh arts community.

Hours of operation

The office is open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


There are metered lots conveniently located on the corner of Center Avenue and Highland Avenue and behind the East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library (enter off Beatty Street).

Bus routes that serve this area

  • 500 - Highland Park - Bellevue
  • 94B - Morningside
In partnership with Pittsburgh A&E Group