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 KST Board of Directors names Joseph Hall KST's next Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is proud to announce the selection of Joseph Hall as the new Executive Director of Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The theater, named after 20th-century entertainment legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, celebrates diversity in voice, thought, and expression, and upholds a firm commitment to inclusion through year-round programming of artistic and cultural events.
From 2009-2014, Hall worked as an Intern and rose to Producing Director at Kelly Strayhorn Theater where he co-curated and managed year-round original programming including mainstage performances, residencies, rentals, workshops, and classes.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at KST, Hall served as the Deputy Director at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in New York City. He comes with extensive experience in development, programming, and operations, and has worked as a producer, curator and performer in New York and Pittsburgh. He succeeds janera solomon, whose inspiring tenure at KST began in 2008 when she took the helm of East Liberty’s beloved historic theater and stewarded the then-fledgling organization into a vibrant anchor cultural institution in the East End.
The experience and global network that I’ve gained by working in New York City, combined with my ongoing relationships with Pittsburgh’s arts and foundation communities, has uniquely prepared me for this role,” said Hall. “I see Kelly Strayhorn Theater as a beacon of contemporary practices and a community convener that leads boldly toward equity and holistic innovation, from operations to public programs. For the city of Pittsburgh and beyond, I want to ensure that Kelly Strayhorn Theater remains an East Liberty treasure.”
He was unanimously selected by the search committee and Board as the right leader for the next stage of Kelly Strayhorn’s growth,” said KST Board Chair Yvonne Campos. “We are thrilled to have Joseph lead the Theater, and we look forward to him applying his expertise, experience, and knowledge to continue to expand the impact of the organization,” she continued.

Joseph Hall worked as Deputy Director at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in New York City where he managed programming and operations for the 20-year old organization that was founded by writer and LGBTQ activist, Charles Rice-González, and former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member, Arthur Avilés. With an engaged board and staff, during his five year tenure at BAAD!, Joseph tripled the budget, adding new and diverse funding sources; doubled administrative and production staff; initiated local and national partnerships with artists and presenters for touring performances; expanded programming, including the presentation of Pittsburgh artists; and increased visibility for BAAD! as one of the country’s oldest LGBTQ theaters by people of color.
Joseph has worked as an independent producer, curator, and performer in New York and Pittsburgh. With choreographer Staycee Pearl, he is co-founder of Pearl Diving Movement Residency, a month-long development period in Pittsburgh for new multimedia work by national and local movement-based artists. He is co-curator of TQ Live at the Andy Warhol Museum with Suzie Silver and Scott Andrew. Joseph has served as Company Manager for choreographers Marjani Forte and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award winner Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion. As Programs Manager at 651 ARTS in Brooklyn, he directed public relations and marketing for the 2014-2015 season.
From 2009-2014, Joseph rose from Intern to Producing Director at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh where he created original programming including My People, a film and performance series celebrating the lives of queer people of color, and the residency and showing series Fresh Works. He managed and co-curated year-round programming including black box and mainstage performances, residencies, rentals, workshops and classes, and special events, and presented artists including Carmen de Lavallade, Rebecca Walker, Terrance Hayes, and Nora Chipaumire. In 2013, he managed the promotion and outreach for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ special event with Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and curated outdoor stages for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
As a performer, Joseph has worked with Staycee Pearl dance project (Pgh), choreographers Lida Winfield (VT), Maree Remalia (FL), and Jasmine Hearn (NYC), video artist Suzie Silver (Pgh), and presented his own work at The Andy Warhol Museum as part of Trans-Q Live!, which he also MCed. He serves as an advisory board member of IdiosynCrazy Productions Inc (Phil.) and selection committee member for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies, NYC). 

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