About Us

The mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect celebrated authors with the community, elevate civic discourse, and inspire creativity and a passion for the literary arts.

Our Story

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures was launched with a lecture by Pittsburgh native Annie Dillard on September 16, 1991 at The Fulton (now The Byham) Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.

Over the years we have connected thousands of Pittsburghers with iconic authors including Kurt Vonnegut, George Plimpton, Margaret Atwood, Edward Albee, John Updike, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe, Jamaica Kincaid, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, August Wilson, Susan Sontag, Spalding Gray, and E.L. Doctorow, just to name a few! (See the list of previous speakers.)

We now present five signature series and partner with area schools and non-profit organizations to maximize the impact of visiting authors to our region.

Our Board

Our volunteer board members bring diverse skills and backgrounds (and their passion for reading) to the stewardship and oversight of a sustainable Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.



Christy Stuber

Donor Services Officer
Pittsburgh Foundation

Vice President

Christopher Amar

Member at Gardner & Preston


Fred Sherman, MD

Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology


Matt Lancaster

Senior Analyst
Ferrum Capital Partners LLC


Ann Davis

Typhoon Lighting

Timothy Devlin

Sr. K12 Account Executive

Emilie Hammerstein

Associate Attorney
Littler Mendelson

Kevin Lavelle

Managing Director
The Hillman Company

Susan B. McIntosh

BNY Mellon

Anuradha (Anu) Reddy

Peoples Travel Agency

Sheila Washington

Washington Consulting Group


Stephanie Flom

Executive Director
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Our Staff

Our talented staff members apply their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm to achieve the dynamic goals of the organization.

Stephanie Flom

Executive Director

Shanna Carrick

Director of Ticketing, Digital Marketing, and Individual Giving

Lisa Christopher

Manager of Education/Community Engagement, Design, and Printing

Caitlin Leasure

Event Production Coordinator

Nancy LeDonne

Bookkeeper & Office Manager

Our Venues

Most of our events take place in the historic facilities of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Music Hall

Ten Evenings

Carnegie Lecture Hall

New & Noted, Words & Pictures, Poets Aloud

People listening to a lecture in the Carnegie Library International Poetry room

Carnegie Library International Poetry Room

Made Local

Map of the Venues

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Upcoming Lectures

Eliza Griswold

JUN 21

Rachel Masilamani

JUL 12

Rob Ruck


Sydelle Pearl