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Winchester Thurston School

Winchester Thurston School

Winchester Thurston School
Winchester Thurston, sometimes colloquially abbreviated WT, is a nationally recognized co-educational independent school in Pittsburgh, PA. Located at 555 Morewood Avenue at Ellsworth Avenue, the Shadyside school features two buildings: the Lower School, where Falk Auditorium is located, and the Upper School, where the Hilda Willis Room is located.

Accessible entrances, along with restrooms and water fountains are available at both locations.

  • Falk Auditorium
    The state-of-the-art theater located inside the Lower School was recently renovated in 2015 by renowned architect Al Filoni, who also led the renovations of Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Falk Auditorium holds 350 patrons in a single orchestra level and is the primary performance stage for Pittsburgh Festival Opera. With no obstructed views, every seat in the house is terrific! Two convenient entrances are available: a circular drive on the Ellsworth Avenue side offers a convenient drop-off point, while the entrance from the interior parking lot offers an accessible entrance with no stairs, just steps from your car.
  • Hilda Willis Room
    The intimate space of the Hilda Willis Room seats about 100 patrons, offering an exceptional opera experience. The space can be accessed on the corner of Morewood Avenue and Bayard Street in the Upper School.
  • First Unitarian Church
    The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh is located directly across the street from Winchester Thurston.

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Winchester Thurston School

555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232


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Accessibility Information

To request accessbility features not indicated here, please email or call the office 412-621-1499 between 10 am and 5 pm.


Convenient free parking is available in a parking lot within the Winchester Thurston campus, as well on surrounding streets. The Falk Auditorium offers a circular drive for easy drop-off and pick-up of patrons, while the interior parking lot provides accessible spaces and a stairs-free route into the theater. Please see details and a campus map on the Festival website.


Box Office hours vary, but generally staff is on site afternoons through performances during the season's evening events and 1 hour prior to curtain on matinee days.


Ticket prices vary. See events here and web site for details.

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