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 comprehensive list of 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.



William E. Hallett

Managing Director
The Hillman Company

Vice President

Christy Stuber

Donor Services Officer
Pittsburgh Foundation


Tamara Dudukovich

Senior Community Lending Officer
BNY Mellon


Christopher Amar



Ann Davis

Typhoon Lighting

Timothy Devlin

Sr. K12 Account Executive

Don Friedman

Political Consultant & Strategist

Matt Lancaster

Senior Analyst
Ferrum Capital Partners LLC

Susan B. McIntosh

BNY Mellon

Anuradha (Anu) Reddy

Peoples Travel Agency

Fred Sherman, MD

Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology


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 & Individual Giving

Katie Kurtzman

Director of Media Relations, Sponsorships, and Program Development

Lisa Christopher

Graphic Designer & Print Manager

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

Nathan Hill


Jake Oresick


Amor Towles

Amor Towles

MAY 11

Scott Turow

Scott Turow

MAY 17