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Janera Solomon

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Executive Director
Janera Solomon is the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a historic live
arts venue in Pittsburgh now in its seventh year of presenting progressive, evocative
new works in dance, music, film, education and cultural programming.
Recognized for her transformative leadership and contributions to the revitalization of
East Liberty, janera managed the merger of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Dance
Alloy in 2011, while maintaining affordable dance instruction at The Alloy School and
creating a series of diverse programs designed to inspire and engage a wide range of
audiences. janera has contributed significantly to the artistic development and career
advancement of numerous dancers and choreographers supported by Kelly Strayhorn’s
residency programs.
An experienced curator, janera worked with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and
developed the First Voice International Black Performing Arts Festival produced by the
August Wilson Center for African American Culture in 2007. She has worked on a range
of cultural projects including content development and programming for Museum of the
African Diaspora in San Francisco, project management for the August Wilson Center,
branding at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and program planning for the National Museum
for African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Janera maintains volunteer board positions for several organizations. In 2014, she
formed the August Wilson Center Recovery Committee. In a recent settlement, it was
announced that the AWC will continue as a fully dedicated center for African-American
culture in Pittsburgh. janera was recently featured in Pittsburgh Magazine’s “50 Most
Powerful People in Pittsburgh”.


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