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Atlanta Theater and Dance Venues
From Broadway musicals to local productions, Atlanta’s theater and dance scene dazzles audiences in some of the country’s most amazing venues. Experience award-winning Broadway musicals, world premieres, classic theater performances and even children’s shows at must-see venues located around the city.
Since 1979, 7 Stages Theatre has brought local, national and international emerging artwork of social, political and spiritual importance to Atlanta audiences. Each season subject matter varies from current international social and political issues, contemporary health crises, the ethical implications of new technologies and group and individual identity as seen through the lens of gender, race and religion.
Actor’s Express produces an eclectic mix of classic and cutting-edge plays in West Midtown’s King Plow Arts Center. Actor’s Express is considered one of the most daring, provocative and consistently excellent theatres in Atlanta, and perennially appears on local best-of lists and has garnered dozens of awards.
The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds onstage and off since 1968 from the heart of Midtown Atlanta. As the leading producing theater in the Southeast, Alliance Theatre reaches more than 165,000 patrons annually, delivering powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply.
Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta’s only local professional musical theater company, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, is dedicated to producing the best in musical theatre and fostering the growth of the Atlanta theatrical community by showcasing local professional talent. Through educational programs and pursuit of artistic excellence, The Lyric seeks to inform and expand the audience for musical theatre in the greater metropolitan area
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Atlanta Ballet, one of the nation’s premier dance companies, is a resident company of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, family performances, opera, corporate meetings and events. Conveniently located in northwest Atlanta, this world-class facility creates diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences from the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, the 10,000 sq. ft. Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom, and the terrace.
Dad’s Garage Theatre
Founded in 1995, Dad’s Garage is an award-winning, non-profit theatre company that brings in over 30,000 people a year at the Ezzard Street home in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward. Each season features original plays and world premieres created by talented local performers that appeals to a younger demographic, providing a “Gateway Drug to the Arts” to build a new generation of arts consumers.
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,665 seat theatre hosts more than 150 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. It’s no wonder Billboard Magazine once ranked the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as “The #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less).” Its striking red-carpet entryway and ornate gilt work, soaring turreted ceilings and stained glass windows, all leading to a vast cobalt “sky” with a sea of twinkling stars is a glamorous place to experience shows.
Horizon Theater Company
Located in the eclectic Little Five Points neighborhood in Atlanta, Horizon Theatre is the place for contemporary theatre that’s smart, entertaining, fun and provocative. Annually, the theatre offers a mainstage season of six to eight contemporary plays for diverse Atlanta audiences, a family series for younger audiences and free outdoor performances with Little Five Arts Alive from April through October.
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Celebrate the rich tradition of Black storytelling and support local plays and musicals at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. The nonprofit theatre gives voice to bold artists of all cultures and plays an important role in the American discussion of diversity, supporting and propelling individuals, and institutions in their quest for understanding.
Rialto Center for the Arts
The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is the cultural centerpiece of Downtown, located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Fairlie-Poplar district. The intimate, 833-seat performing arts venue is home to the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance, and Georgia State’s School of Music performances. It is the Downtown, go-to venue for other arts organizations’ performances, visiting companies and independent film screenings. The nationally renowned arts programming is carefully curated to appeal to diverse audiences and represent the widest possible array of artistic styles and genres.
Atlanta’s second oldest professional theater company is located at its award-winning Downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. It’s the first theater in the United States to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Balzer Theater is the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962. The theater’s programming includes classics and regional and world premieres of soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South.
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