Park City Institute 2018/2019 Season

Park City Institute just announced its 21st season of Main Stage shows at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018-19 season continues the Institute’s mission to entertain, educate and illuminate with a lineup of world-renowned dance companies, musicians, authors, thinkers, adventurers and leaders—both legendary and emerging.

“This season is rich in ideas and performers who take you out of your comfort zone,” said Teri Orr, Executive Director of the Park City Institute. “Our music lineup is all about discovery. Our speakers continue to push the boundaries of how we think—about social media, sexual assault, politics, and addiction. And we are charting some new territory, as we’re part of the inaugural season of National Geographic Explorer Live! Which is a multimedia experience—led on our stage, by expert adventurers.”

The Main Stage season begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues through the end of April.

The lineup is as follows:


Jodi Kantor
Friday January 18, 2019

She is one half of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team whose New York Times story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse toward women. Kantor will pull back the curtain on the reporting on events that allegedly took place in locations far-flung as France and Italy, and as nearby as the Stein Ericksen Lodge .She will deconstruct the story that revealed systemic abuse in Hollywood, and many other industries. In exploring the resonance of the Weinstein investigation, she will tackle topics such as common patterns and means of intimidation, as well as why so many women are now finding their voices and why people are finally listening. Click here to learn more about Jodi Kantor


National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats with Steve Winter
Saturday January 19, 2019

Dedicated  explorer  and  award-winning  photographer  Steve  Winter  will  take  you  from  Asian  jungles  where  resilient  tiger  populations  persist,  to  the  Himalaya,  home  of  the  rare  snow  leopard.  Follow  him  into  the  rainforests  of  Latin  America  to  view  the  elusive  jaguar,  and  into  the  Hollywood  Hills  in  pursuit  of  the  American  cougar.  Co-author  of  Tigers  Forever,  Winter’s  mission  is  to  share  the  beauty  of  big  cats  while  working  to  save  them. Click here to learn more about On the Trail of Big Cats, with Steve Winter


San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus + The It Gets Better Project 
Saturday February 9, 2019

It Gets Better is a newly revamped artistic collaboration with the world-famous San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The It Gets Better Tour brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a work for the stage.  The cast brings to life real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country.  With the It Gets Better Tour, a small but dedicated ensemble travels to communities nationwide to produce a week of educational workshops culminating in this moving musical theater performance.  They will bring their mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, for a week of outreach. They will lead workshops in city and county government offices, schools, and other non-profits, developing community resources and connections. The week culminates in a Main Stage performance - equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration. Click here to learn more about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy and Family
Saturday Feb 16, 2019

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have turned raising a family into an award-winning art form—literally bringing up their six children to live and perform in an infusion of Celtic music and dance. The award-winning musicians have earned numerous awards—including Grammy Awards and Canada’s Juno and East Coast Music awards—for their brand of high-energy fiddling, dancing and singing. Along with their lads and lasses, MacMaster and Leahy are on a musical mission to continue Celtic arts traditions, around the globe. If you’re not Irish when you take your seat, we cannot guarantee you won’t be by the final curtain call. Click here to learn more about Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy and family

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8th Annual Saints and Sinners Ball
Saturday March 16, 2019

Mischief, mayhem and perhaps a little madness take over as we gather, once again, at the St. Regis Deer Valley, for the Saints and Sinners Ball to support the Student Outreach Programs of the Park City Institute. Shenanigans and high-jinx, auctions, a champagne sabering, plus traditional Irish fare and libations conspire to create an evening that is decidedly whimsical. Clever costumes abound.

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Birds of Chicago
Saturday March 23, 2019

Get ready to discover “secular gospel” - a new brand of Americana music which evolved from a professional/personal merger. JT Nero and Allison Russell are the husband-and-wife team who first met when he was with JT and the Clouds, and she was with Po’ Girl, and their bands took turns opening for each other at gigs on either side of the US/Canadian border. Along the way, they became creative parters, life partners, and forged ahead to front a new band: Birds of Chicago Through elbow grease, Kickstarter campaigns, guerilla-style performances at festivals, they found finding critical acclaim from NPR, the London Telegraph, Paste, and Slant—and a major label debut. Their music itself is about discovery—including the ways in which Americana music absorbs our many cultures and ideas, turning it into tunes that are by turns fun, flirty, thoughtful and romantic.


Parsons Dance
Saturday March 30, 2019

China. Italy. Park City. The legendary, award-winning contemporary dance company returns from international tours, to our stage. Their brand of energized, athletic ensemble work is the signature of founders David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. The company has toured more than 445 cities, 30 countries, 5 continents, and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Founding Artistic Director David Parsons has collaborated with artists from music, design, fashion, and more. This troupe of extraordinary dancers brings stories to tell, through the powerful medium of dance. Click here to learn more about Parsons Dance


Dorrance Dance
Saturday April 13, 2019

Tap…Tap…BOOM. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” Founded by Artistic Director, 2015 MacArthur fellow and 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Michelle Dorrance, the company has, in less than a decade, forged a brand which honors tap dance’s uniquely American history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context. —blending traditional technique with cutting-edge choreography, inventive rhythms and concepts, to challenge expectations. Click here to learn more about Dorrance Dance