Joseph Corridor: Pittsburgh’s Individuals of the 12 months 2022 in Performing Arts
Joseph Corridor has performed a pivotal function in shaping East Liberty’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Previous to being named govt 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 probably the most sensible, 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 method. In 2022, KST launched a strategic plan to make clear its mission and imaginative and prescient as a “house for tradition in Pittsburgh rooted within the liberation of Black and queer individuals.” The group additionally furthered its attain with collaborative grant applications, residencies, and different tasks designed to help under-represented artists.
“We’re always constructing a platform to feed the soul of Pittsburgh,” says Corridor.
Whilst he seems to be to the longer term, Corridor stresses that KST stays true to East Liberty, the predominantly Black neighborhood that it has lengthy known as house.
“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