Tickets & Events

SUNSTAR Festival 2016

KST Presents


“Casts an impressively wide net.”
—Pittsburgh Tribune Review

SUNSTAR hosts performances, talks, workshops, parties, a film screening and more—serving as a visionary convening that celebrates the creative contributions of women in the arts, entrepreneurship and community.

Or click on the event links below for individual event registration. Passes and events are all “Pay What Makes You Happy!”

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11:30am-1:00p at KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue
Amy Novak :: SUNSTAR Kick Off :: A Conversation with Amy Novak of Google
Join the most senior ranking woman in Google’s Pittsburgh office for a conversation on career development, coaching and creating collaborative networks during this interview-style event and luncheon.

7:30pm-9:00pm at KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue
Joy KMT :: Let’s talk about #currency, power, & magic
What if currency actually created space for relationships? Join poet, Joy KMT in exploration of marketplaces and our personal relationship to consumerism

Opening Night Mixer

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
10:00am-11:30am at KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue
Ayana Ledford :: Value, Negotiating with Power
In a highly interactive discussion, learn the importance of negotiating, develop skills to see beneath the surface of apparent conflicts, and gain a framework for analyzing and shaping negotiations.

2:00pm-4:00pm at KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue
Sage Crump :: Creating Community: Forming Collaborative & Creative Networks
Cultural Strategist, Sage Crump leads a community conversation focusing on women of color in the arts. Share ideas and information on the opportunities and issues faced when creating collaborative networks.

8:00pm-9:00pm at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Aria Lynn Copeland :: As Bright as YOU: The trials, dreams, and truths of black trans women
Young black trans women across the nation struggle with their self worth. Take an in­depth look into the issues impacting their self esteem and self image, asking “What does healing look like for black trans women in America today?”

9:00pm-12:00am at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
DJ Ratchet Ivy League :: “I Am A Star” Beyoncé Karaoke & Dance Party

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NOTE :: Bekezela Mguni :: SUNSTARS in the Making has been POSTPONED
An intergenerational conversation focusing on youth and adult artists about the passion and pursuit of a life of your own design. Honor the creative, the unique, the weird, the courageous parts of yourself that are inspired to change the world!

2:00pm-4:00pm at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez :: Directed by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater
Sonia Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Barak and more.

9:00pm-10:00pm at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
SUNSTAR: Women in Music :: Live performances by emerging artists, including:
Be Steadwell  /  Christiane D.  /  Jacquea Mae  /  Anqwenique Wingfield

10:00pm at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Dance Party featuring the Thundercunts DJ / VJ Crew: Julie Malice, Nina Barbuto & Ratchet Ivy League.


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  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.