Pittsburgh Humanities Festival to Include Performances, Core Conversations


Internationally acclaimed artists and performers will join community leaders, academics and change-makers from Pittsburgh and beyond at the 2022 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival from March 21-27, 2022.

Presented by Citizens, the festival will include the following performers:


Ali Stroker, Greer Cabaret Theater, March 21 & 22

Presented in partnership with the Trust Cabaret Series

Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!. She made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway.





Sh!tfaced Shakespeare

Presents a Midsummer Night's Dream

Byham Theater, March 25

Accept no pale imitations and see the live show that started it all! The original, award winning, international smash-hit has delighted audiences the world over with a high-brow mix of classical Elizabethan drama and no-holds-barred drunken antics.




An Evening with

Dulcé Sloan

Byham Theater, March 26

Dulcé Sloan is one of the sharpest, fastest rising voices in comedy. "The New Queen of Comedy" (SLiNK Magazine) has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2017. Indiewire describes her as “a fresh and unique voice in the world of stand-up comedy.”






14 Core Conversations

Trust Arts Education Center, March 26-27

Access 14 events with one purchase! For $10 ($5 for students), your 2022 Core Conversations Pass opens the door to a carefully curated, thought-provoking mix of intimate conversations. Learn about our city’s history, policy and politics, Kennywood, racial inequities, drag culture, Shakespeare, food, art, and more as we explore what it means to be human.


March 26

  • An Alternative History of Pittsburgh with Ed Simon

  • The Day the Klan Came to Town with Bill Campbell

  • America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet with Shanti Rabindran

  • Drinking with Shakespeare with the cast of Shit-faced Shakespeare®

  • How I Became a Novelist with Kathleen George

  • No Laughing Matter: Can Comedy Help Climate Action? with Sophia McClennan

  • Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food & Love in Thirteen Courses with with Josephine Caminos Oría

March 27

  • Kennywood: Behind the Screams with Rick Sebak & Brian Butko

  • Cultural Treasures: The Importance of Funding Black-led Organizations in Pittsburgh with Shaunda McDill and Thomas Agnew

  • Becoming A Queen with Kierra Darshell and Richard Parsakian

  • Spraycan Art: Vandalism, Murals, and the Gallery with Max Gonzales, Shane Pilster, and Chris McGinnis

  • Public Open Call: Applications Now Open

  • Biographer Blake Gopnik on Andy Warhol

  • We Got Power: Black, Young, and Educated (Youth Panel)


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