Pittsburgh Public Theater Introduces ‘Streamland’: Digital Versions of Productions for the Classroom

Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced the launch of Streamland, a new initiative “to bring the magic of live theater into classrooms nationwide.”

The press release on Thursday stated that the Downtown company will deliver “cinema-quality digital versions of The Public’s mainstage productions alongside curriculum-based supplementary educational materials on a user-friendly platform.”

“We’re so excited to launch Streamland, and it’s the perfect extension of our Open Stage Student Matinee Program,” said Parag S. Gohel, the Public Theater Director of Education and Engagement. “With Streamland, students in all schools, regardless of geographic or financial barriers, can experience firsthand the learning power of live art.” 

Streamland’s curriculum-aligned content will include:

Conversations with Playwrights and Directors: Gain insights into the creative process with exclusive interviews with the brilliant minds behind our productions. 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Explore the intricacies of set design, costume creation, and the art of bringing a production to life. 

Dance and Fight Choreography Lessons: Dive into the world of choreography with engaging lessons that add depth to the viewing experience. 

“Streamland is a huge step toward our mission of being a true public theater,” Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski said. “I’m so excited to bring our work to students far and wide, regardless of geographic or cost barriers.” 

Streamland builds on The Public’s digital PlayTime! programs and hybrid education initiatives developed since 2020, and upholds the legacy of longstanding programs including the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest and Veterans’ Story Night. The initiative is designed to amplify the voices of artists involved in The Public’s productions and multiply The Public’s impact on students. 

The inaugural Streamland offering is The Public’s world-premiere jazz bio-musical Billy Strayhorn: Something To Live For.

Charl Brown and Darius de Haas in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Billy Strayhorn Something to Live For. (Photo: Michael Henninger)

“As a child, my mother took me to see professional theater, and that experience made me realize theater was what I wanted to do more than anything else,” Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) Theater Teacher Chris Laitta said. “By eliminating the prohibitive costs of bringing students to a theater, The Public is opening up a new world of arts education that has long been locked away for so many.”

For more information on Streamland and to learn how to get access for your classroom, email Director of Education and Engagement Parag S. Gohel at edu@ppt.org.

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