Performing Arts

Visual, musical, and theatrical - Greater Akron is the stage for cultural pursuits. The Akron Art Museum houses an eclectic modern collection. Nearby, Summit Artspace is home to more than 40 arts organizations and features gallery space, studios, and classrooms.

The area boasts professional and community theatres that host talented year-round entertainment, including staples like Akron Civic Theatre, EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Greystone Hall, and Blossom Music Center. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra makes Blossom Music Center its summer home, while the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday Musical Association, Summit Choral Society, and Ballet Theatre of Ohio dazzle audiences every season.


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  • 182 S. Main St.
    Akron, Ohio 44308
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    330-253-2488
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    Long recognized among the community’s cultural landmarks, the Akron Civic Theatre has a rich and spectacular history. It has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for more than seventy years. The venue is one of only five remaining atmospheric theatres in the U.S. 
    Akron Civic Theatre
  • 280 Merriman Road
    Akron, Ohio 44303
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    (330) 864-2568
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    The UA Opera Lyric Theatre Workshop offers a variety of performance opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music.  
    Akron Lyric Opera Theatre
  • Akron Symphony Orchestra
  • Quirk Cultural Center 1201 Grant Avenue
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
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    (330) 971-5665
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    ANTIC is a local theater community sharing the stage with actors of all ages. This group creates and teaches youth and adults about theater and acting in all aspects of production.  
    ANTIC (Actors - N - Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls)
  • 2315 State Road
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
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    330.822.4BXO
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    Ballet Excel Ohio is a nationally acclaimed pre-professional, youth ballet, dance not-for-profit company that performs original works. 
    Ballet Excel Ohio
  • 265 N. Main St., Suite 13
    Munroe Falls, Ohio 44262
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    (330) 688-6065
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    Since 1993, the Ballet Theatre of Ohio has awed the arts community and fans with its graceful renditions, from holiday classic “The Nutcracker" to whimsical springtime performances. 
    Ballet Theatre of Ohio
  • 47 E. Market Street
    Akron, Ohio 44308
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    330.252.1190
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    Enjoy live music in the heart of Akron at this intimate downtown club. 
    BLU Jazz+
  • 198 Hill Street
    Akron, Ohio 44325
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    330.972.2504
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    Children’s Concert Society’s mission is to educate and enrich the lives of school age children in the greater Akron community by providing access to live high quality performing arts experiences.


     
    Children's Concert Society
  • Blossom Music Center 11001 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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    (216) 231-7463
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    The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra's summer home is Blossom Music Center. This breathtaking outdoor venue is nestled next to Ohio's only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 
    Cleveland Orchestra
  • Tallmadge High School 140 Munroe Ave.
    Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
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    234.738.3281
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    Dynamics Community Theater prides itself in offering entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds in the City of Tallmadge and surrounding communities. 
    Dynamics Community Theater of Tallmadge
  • 198 Hill St.
    Akron, Ohio 44325-0501
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    (330) 972-7570
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    The University of Akron’s E. J. Thomas Hall hosts more than 400,000 people of all ages who visit the Hall for a variety of programs, activities and performances ranging from the University Forum Speaker Series to popular Broadway shows, community events and concerts. 
    E.J. Thomas Hall
  • Funny Stop Comedy Club
  • 1201 E. Market St.
    Akron, Ohio 44305
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    330.690.2307
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    These concert venues, housed in the former Goodyear Headquarters are located in the growing and refreshingly modern East End, Akron's premier redevelopment of the historic Goodyear Campus. 
    Goodyear Theater & Goodyear Hall
  • 826 W. Market ST
    Akron, Ohio 44303
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    (330) 253-0100
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    The Highland Theatre, is a neighborhood theatre dating back to 1938, The theatre seats over 600 patrons. The art deco d├ęcor has been refreshed to include a dance floor, booths and tables.  
    Highland Theatre
  • Barlow Community Center 41 S. Oviatt St.
    Hudson, Ohio 44236
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    330-655-8522
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    "Good Shows, Good Friends, Good Times!" is the motto of the Hudson Players, an award-winning community theater company that has been entertaining audiences since the 1920s. 
    Hudson Players
  • 200 S. Main St.
    Akron, Ohio 44308
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    330.375.2877
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    Two unique entertainment venues celebrate the city's old canalway with staged entertainment, festivals, and special events.  
    Lock 3 Park & Lock 4
  • 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave.
    Barberton, Ohio 44203
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    (330) 848-3708
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    Housed in the 1919-built Park Theater, the Magical Theatre Co. is the only professional resident and touring theater for young audiences and families in Northeast Ohio and provides cultural and educational experiences.  
    Magical Theatre Co.
  • Music from the Western Reserve
  • 243 Furnace St.
    Akron, Ohio 44304
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    234-252-0272
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    Rubber City Theatre brings affordable Shakespeare and classical drama to the Akron area through the use of their "Free Shakespeare" program. The "Free Shakespeare" project includes free staged reading throughout the year, and Pay-As-You-Like-It performances for each production in an artistic year. 
    Rubber City Theatre
  • 3227 Graham Rd.
    Stow, Ohio 44224
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    (330) 678-0029
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    The SSO exists to give orchestral musicians the opportunity to perform classical and contemporary classical repertoire in a professional atmosphere. It also gives audiences who might not otherwise have it, the opportunity to experience the classical repertoire in a setting that is comfortable—not intimidating, affordable, and enjoyable. Performances at Stow High School Auditorium. 
    Stow Symphony Orchestra
  • 4740 Massillon Road P.O. Box 215
    Green, Ohio 44232
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    (330) 896-0339
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    Theatre 8:15 is a non-profit community theatre is comprised of professionals and amateurs, actors and stage hands, young and old, that all unite with a common goal: To create great theater along with fun and friendships. 
    Theatre 8:15