Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pgh to Host Youth Arts Showcase

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


PITTSBURGH, PA – December 30, 2013. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce that Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater will host the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase being held January 22–25, 2014, at venues throughout Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District.

The IPAY Showcase is in its 37th year and will bring artists from around the world to Pittsburgh to perform in eighteen productions from seven countries, including four from the United States and three from Canada.

The IPAY Showcase is presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.
Photo Credit:  Cindy Marie Jenkins

The seventeen productions represent a wide range of work including theater and musical theater, dance, circus and physical comedy, puppetry and installation. Productions range from small intimate performances to large-scale spectacles and have been created for young audiences ranging in age from babies to teenagers.
Photo Credit:  Harley Stumm

“We’re constantly amazed at the diversity of our field and so proud to be showcasing an amazing list of artists and productions from the United States and Canada, as well as from Australia, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Spain,” says Boomer Stacey, IPAY Executive Director.  “We receive more and more applications each year, continuing to raise the bar on outstanding, innovative performing arts for young audiences.”

“Pittsburgh is pleased to host the IPAY Showcase for the third time in the Showcase’s history,” shared Pam Lieberman, Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Festival.  “This Showcase is an extraordinary opportunity to see professional and quality theater created for kids.  Pittsburgh is a city that values family, art and culture.  Our city is the perfect host site for this Showcase, and I am thrilled that we were selected.”

Artists included in the Showcase will include Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia), Tout รข Trac (Canada), Teatergroep Kwatta (Netherlands) and Teatro Paraiso (Spain) returning to Showcase with new work, and we are excited to experience productions by artists new to our event such as Cirque Alfonse (Canada), arch 8 dance group (Netherlands) and Cahoots NI (Northern Ireland).

Photo Credit:  Brant Brogan

A full list of performances scheduled for the 2014 Showcase can be found online at www.ipayweb.org/showcase.

Registration rates for the 2014 Showcase are available online.  Schools have access to free tickets, but capacity is limited.  Please contact Group Sales at (412) 471-6930 for information about tickets for families and schoolchildren.

More information and a full schedule are online at ipayweb.org.  There, you can find a full list of selected artists, along with information on production, target age range and artistic genre. A preliminary schedule is available, which has additional productions incorporated as well as information on Showcase events such as Kindling, Exhibition Room and Membership Meeting.


The annual Showcase is the premiere event in North America, dedicated to promoting the best in international performing arts for young audiences. The event presents an opportunity for the community to gather together to discuss new trends and hot topics in the field, to view work available for touring in the United States and to promote the high quality and innovation of work being created for young audiences.
Showcase is produced and presented by IPAY, an arts service organization based in Philadelphia, dedicated to this field and to promoting, supporting and advancing the community of professional performing arts for young audiences in North America.

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