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Performing the Arts at Pitt


Besides doing scholarly research, Pitt music and theatre arts professors perform, produce, and direct. And they’ve founded some of Pittsburgh’s liveliest arts organizations.

Attilio "Buck" Favorini, the founding chair of the theatre arts department, has been an important figure in Pittsburgh theater for decades. Pittsburgh Magazine has named him “Pittsburgher of the Year in the Arts." Browse Favorini’s Web site.


Bruce McConachie has won the American Society of Theater Research Distinguished Scholar Award for his work on American theater history, including his 2003 book American Theater in the Culture of the Cold War. McConachie also directs and acts. Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s review of a McConachie-directed production of Uncle Vanya.


Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed musician and educator Nathan Davis, Pitt has developed one of the country's premier jazz programs. Read more about jazz at Pitt.


Pitt’s numerous ensemble performance groups range from the Heinz Chapel Choir to the Gamelan Ensemble, which plays the gamelan music of the Sundanese people of western Java. Hear selections from Pitt’s numerous ensemble groups