Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) was founded in 1969 as an affiliate of Point Park College under the direction of Artistic Director Nicholas Petrov and Board Chair Loti Falk.

In 1970/71, PBT presented its first subscription season at the Syria Mosque with one performance of Swan Lake and four of The Nutcracker. The inaugural season was a sell-out.

Petrov invited Frederick Franklin to join PBT as Co-Artistic Director in 1974. Under their leadership, PBT continued to grow. PBT became independent from Point Park College in 1977. That same year, Petrov stepped down as Artistic Director. PBT was led briefly by former London Festival Ballet principal dancer John Gilpin who, plagued by health problems, left shortly after taking over. French dancer and choreographer Patrick Frantz was appointed as PBT’s Artistic Director later that year. Frantz began to emphasize contemporary works in the Company’s repertoire and spearheaded the development of the PBT School. Throughout the decade, PBT experienced tremendous growth in subscription sales and community suppor

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Persons

  • Abougaliev, Nurlan
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Abougalieva, Aygul
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Budzynski, Christopher
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Cochrane, Amanda
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Diaz, Alejandro
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Downey, Danielle
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Erickson, Julia
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Hadala, Stephen
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Halloran, Erin
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Henderson, Ted
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Hotchkiss, Elysa
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Kappes, Alison
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Kochis, Alexandra
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Moore, Robert
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nagasawa, Hiroyuki
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Nakano, Yoshiaki
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Ono, Makoto
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Parr, Joseph
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Peabody, Caitlin
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • S. Orr, Terrence
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
  • Silva, Alexandre
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Thurlow, Gabrielle
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Trapp, Eva
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Wegman, Ashley
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Yanagida, Kaori
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet