Joseph Corridor has performed a pivotal position in shaping East Liberty’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Previous to being named government director in March 2020, he served because the venue’s producing director. Between these roles, he labored on the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, aka BAAD!, the place he says he was “a part of a loving group of essentially the most good, lovely queer artists and thinkers.”
“When the chance at KST arose, I knew this was my likelihood to convey a part of BAAD! to Pittsburgh,” Corridor tells Pittsburgh Metropolis Paper.
Corridor says the pandemic and resurgence of Black Lives Matter modified the group’s strategy. In 2022, KST launched a strategic plan to make clear its mission and imaginative and prescient as a “residence for tradition in Pittsburgh rooted within the liberation of Black and queer folks.” The group additionally furthered its attain with collaborative grant applications, residencies, and different tasks designed to help under-represented artists.
“We’re continually constructing a platform to feed the soul of Pittsburgh,” says Corridor.
Whilst he seems to be to the long run, Corridor stresses that KST stays true to East Liberty, the predominantly Black neighborhood that it has lengthy known as residence.
“I got here again to Pittsburgh, and again to KST to hold on the legacy of a company that I like with a group that I like,” says Corridor.
Joseph Corridor. kelly-strayhorn.org