Upcoming Events


René Conrad | Executive Director

René works with the Board of Directors to determine the vision and goals for the Theater, then sets about working with the staff on strategies to meet them. After 16 years of for-profit management, she traded in the long corporate hours of planning, budgeting, and fundraising for the long non-profit hours of planning, budgeting, and fundraising. But at the end of the day, when she comes downstairs, there’s dancing. Or singing. Or poetry or acting or sometimes even a girl on a trapeze. René thinks she has the best job in Pittsburgh.

Scott Conklin | Technical Director

Scott is the liaison and technical advisor to all the artists who produce and perform their work at the Theater. He works closely with them to make their magic happen. He ensures that all our theatrical equipment is, as he likes to say, rock solid. A problematic set design is no problem. Any audio and video glitches are immediately unglitched. He provides a smoothly functioning venue and assists in troubleshooting just about every electrical or mechanical thing we have around here, from the lighting console to the ice machine.

Bill Rodgers | Director of Programing

Bill has his hand in all manner of activities here at the theater.  Everything from organizing the staff, writing grants, and piloting programs to lugging gear and fixing leaks.  He’s a wonderful jack of all trades that has worked with hundreds of established, emerging, and off the map artists of all varieties and truly understands the importance of enabling creative voice and the raw possibilities of community.

Kelly Dee | Programming and Outreach Manager
If you need to book the Theater, Kelly is your woman. She manages our complicated calendar, keeps us organized and makes sure our wires don’t get crossed. She fields rental inquiries of all types (you can’t even imagine), writes contracts, and handles production logistics and event schedules. And yet she still manages to squeeze in time for what she loves best – meeting with artists and working with them to make sure their projects go off without a hitch.


Michael Garrett  |  Venue and Hospitality Coordinator

Michael knows how to have a party. With 20 years in the hospitality industry, he’ll bend over backwards like the best french waiter to ensure that any special event, wedding, bar mitzvah, wake, or quinceañera goes off without a hitch. He also manages our well-oiled volunteer and front-of-house team. You might even spot him keeping our gutters clean. After years honing creative problem solving skills as a practicing visual artist and arts educator, he finds no special request insurmountable. He can’t wait until someone requests an ice sculpture of Fred Rogers.

Josh Storey | Marketing Consultant

Josh is our PR guy.  He helps artists promote their event via the Theater’s email newsletter and website. He also harnesses the raw power of our various social networks to make new friends and keep the Theater in the hearts and minds of those who care.

Michelle Engleman, Katie Keirs, Becky Krall, Jesse Randall, Heidi Nagle | House Managers

You’ll see at least one of our house managers here at every performance.  They greet patrons, make sure we stay on schedule, and deal with emergencies should they arise. They provide outstanding customer service, to patrons and performing companies alike.

Paul Brosky, Bob Jungkunz, Katie Keirs, Jared LoAlbo, Jesse Randall  | Security

Need help finding parking? They’re on it.  Watch for Paul, Bob, Jared or Jesse near the entrance to the Theater – they’ll be happy to help with directions.

Becky Krall, Renée Krynock  | Bartenders

‘Nuf said.