The Department of Theatre Arts boasts three performance spaces: the Charity Randall Theatre and the Henry Heymann Theatre, both housed in the Foster Memorial, and the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre, located in the Cathedral of Learning. All three provide state-of-the-art performance and technical experiences for Pitt students.
Located on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, on the Forbes Avenue side of the Cathedral of Learning, directly across the street from Schenley Plaza.
Just as the Cathedral of Learning is the symbol of Pitt's academic tradition, the landmark Foster Memorial represents the University's deep commitment to the performing arts. The Foster is one of the three majestic Charles Klauder buildings of Indiana limestone occupying the Cathedral of Learning green. The crown jewel of Oakland's Cultural Corridor and East End performances spaces, this gothic-inspired arts complex emulates Pittsburgh's tradition of preservation and practicality and provides Pitt students and the greater community with a warm and intimate setting for artistic exchange.
Conceived and initiated by members of the city's venerable Tuesday Musical Club, the building was completed and dedicated in 1937. The Foster Hall Collection, the principal repository for materials pertaining to the ragtime composer, was founded by Indianapolis pharmaceutical giant Josiah Kirby Lilly and given to the University to be housed in the building. Dedicated in Lilly's honor were the Charles J. Connick stained-glass windows of Shakespeare and Beethoven in the lobby, as well as Lilly Court, the plaza behind the auditorium.
The Foster Memorial Museum is the 12-sided wing housing Pitt's Center for American Music, which contains one of the nation's most significant collections of 19th-century music. The museum is open to the public Monday–Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and guided tours may be scheduled. Admission is free.
Completely handicapped accessible for audience members and performers, the Foster Memorial is a tribute to passion of creativity and imagination. The theatres in the Foster Memorial are alive year-round with the sounds of music and words—the very inspiration for this timeless tribute to one of Pittsburgh's own.
Fred Kelly Lobby
The Kelly Lobby commemorates Pittsburgh performer Fred Kelly, whose brother Gene was just one of the many Pitt-connected Kellys in the arts, as well as outstanding Pitt Theatre alumni who have received the theatre arts department's annual Fred Kelly Award.