What Is This?
Portals on Penn takes the audience to 5 different 5 minute theatre performances along two blocks of Penn Ave, for a 45min experience. This covid-cautious show keeps audiences on the sidewalk and performers inside storefront windows (for the most part).
Who Can See It?
Made for adults, but family (and dog) friendly! Wheelchair accessible.
Come solo or bring friends. Recommended max 8 people.
What Should I Bring?
A charged cellphone (and speaker if you have one). An umbrella in case of light rain.
At least one chair will be available at each station if you'd prefer to sit for the 5 minute performances.
The first station is at The Opportunity Fund, 5126 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. The last station is Bantha Tea Bar, just a couple blocks away. All 5 stations are along the same side of the street on Penn Ave.
Directed by: José Pérez IV
Support from: Gina DiPaolo, E Forney
Image background design: Jenn Mikitka
Opportunity Fund awards grants to small to midsize arts organizations, and organizations and initiatives that advance social and economic justice. At least 75% of their grants are awarded to projects that benefit the Greater Pittsburgh community. Learn more about their Guiding Values here.
A Pittsburgh-based architectural firm founded by Andrew Moss with the intent to develop responsive, artful, expressive design solutions. mossArchitects specializes in creative and unique offices, restaurants, retail, residential, adaptive reuse, parks, and cultural facilities with a commitment to client goals as well as a responsibility to site and sustainable practices.
VaultArt Studio represents artists who have developed complex creative practices on their own, but until now have not been able to expand their work beyond the studio and into the community. At VaultArt Studio, artists utilize professional-level arts instruction, exhibition space, and career coaching in order to transform their creativity into the calling of their choice. When you purchase artwork through VaultArt Studio, 100% of the proceeds go back to the artists. Your purchases help to support these artists to pursue their unique visions.
Contributing to the educational and cultural landscape of Pittsburgh, including hosting an array of events and exhibitions, for over 10 years. Since it’s inception, the IF Center has collaborated with with dozens of schools and other organizations, locally, nationally and globally. Their audience and participants are a vast assortment of ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. They offer diverse and unique opportunities for artists and patrons alike.
Bantha Tea Bar had the goal to give the community a more “bar-like atmosphere” than most tea cafes by thinking different. Using mugs from Ton Pottery, a reverse osmosis water system, a cobbed ceiling, solar panels and using as many local and organic teas and herbal drinks as possible. Bantha has also expanded to other types of Tea-Like beverages serving Guayusa and more in the future. Bantha also serves sweets, sandwiches and soups from local independent vendors.