Byham Theater

Loew's Collection / American Theatre Architecture Archive

One of the nation’s largest collections of theater memorabilia recently moved to Pittsburgh, which, among our bridges, rivers and legendary sports teams, is known for having the first commercial movie theater.

The Theatre Historical Society of America, or THS, opened the curtain to their new facility along Penn Avenue last month, after outgrowing its previous home in Chicago. Founded in 1969, THS is a nonprofit educational organization that collects and archives artifacts from live and film theater productions.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s spring repertory comes to the Byham Theater stage this weekend. Essential Pittsburgh sat down with Terence S. Orr, artistic director for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, choreographer James Kudelka and principal dancer Yoshiani Nakano to preview the weekend’s performance.

NPR's 'Ask Me Another' Coming To Quiz The Steel City

Sep 25, 2015

What will happen when Ask Me Another, NPR’s show of puzzles, games and trivia takes over Essential Pittsburgh? We’ll find out when host Ophira Eisenberg and acoustic musician Jonathan Coulton place Essential Pittsburgh host Paul Guggenheimer and reporter Margaret J. Krauss in the hot seat.