Made Local

Neil Baldwin

Presented with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

In conversation with Jesse Factor, Assistant Professor of Dance at Point Park University and former dancer with the Martha Graham Company.

Graham techniques described in the book will be demonstrated by Point Park University dance students. 

Here is Martha Graham, from her birth and childhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side (Allegheny, Pennsylvania), to becoming one of the most important artistic forces of the twentieth century—the legendary dancer and choreographer who upended dance, propelling the art form into the modern age, and whose profound and pioneering influence is still being felt today.

Neil Baldwin, author of admired biographies, gives us the artist and performer, the dance monument who led a cult of dance worshippers as well as the woman herself in all of her complexity. This is the story of Graham’s large, fiercely lived life, a life beset by conflict, competition, and loneliness—filled with fire and inspiration, drive, passion, dedication, and sacrifice in work and in dance creation.

A native New Yorker, Baldwin received a PhD in Modern American Poetry from SUNY/Buffalo. He is the critically acclaimed author of biographies of William Carlos Williams, Man Ray, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford; as well as Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God, and The American Revelation. He served as manager of The Annual Fund at The New York Public Library; and was founding executive director of The National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards.


Martha Graham is available for pre-order from White Whale Bookstore and available for purchase at the event.

Graham Creative Movement Workshop for Children & Families

Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for a free Graham Creative Movement Workshop for Children & Familes in connection with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presentation of Neil Baldwin, author of Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern.

Led by Kerra Alexander-Sullivan, this class will be taught at PBT Studios at 2900 Liberty Ave in the Strip District.
Wednesday, December 6, 2022 at 6p.m.

Register here to reserve your spot!


Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Masks are encouraged.



Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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