There are tens of thousands of programs in the Ford E. and Harriet R. Curtis Theatre Collection of Pittsburgh Theatre Programs. These programs date from the 1840s to this season's productions from current performing arts groups in Pittsburgh. Kept with the programs are newspaper clippings, marketing materials, photographs, and memorabilia related to the theatres and performing arts companies.
Within the Ford E. and Harriet R. Curtis Theatre Collection of Pittsburgh Performing Arts Photographs are over one thousand images related to the history of the performing arts in Pittsburgh. They include images of Pittsburgh theatre venues and local arts groups' production photos.
Pittsburgh Theatres of 1905
"PORTALS OF PITTSBURG THEATRES. - Through These Doorways Thousands of People Pass Nightly."
Images and quote from the Pittsburgh Bulletin, December 1905 issue.
Pittsburgh has a rich and diverse theatrical tradition, from early frontier performances by officers stationed at Fort Pitt through experimental theater at the end of the twentieth century. Pittsburgh in Stages offers the first comprehensive history of theater in Pittsburgh, placing it within the context of cultural development in the city and the history of theater nationally. Dividing Pittsburgh's theatrical history into distinct eras, Lynne Conner details the defining movements of each and analyzes how public tastes evolved over time. She offers a fascinating study of regional theatrical development and underscores the substantial contribution of regional theater in the history of American theatrical arts.