Great Lakes Center For The Arts


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2018 Performances


Grand Opening Gala: Raising the Curtain!

An evening of symphony, stars and celebration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen and other special guests!

The Stars of the Joffrey Ballet

One of America's cultural jewels, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a perspective on dance, reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences & repertoire.

Pink Martini

Pink Martini’s “little orchestra” draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s and crosses genres to make an eclectic sound.

An Evening with Sara Evans

Multi-platinum country entertainer Sara Evans' hits include Born to Fly, Real Fine Place and Stronger.


Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post which appears in 400+ newspapers.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison, backed by his five-piece band, will perform Broadway standards and numbers from his past productions, such as Hairspray, South Pacific, and Glee.
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The performing arts is a universe where people dream and do. Congratulations on opening the Great Lakes Center for the Arts!
DEBBIE ALLENEmmy Award winning actress, director, choreographer
Leadership Team
Michael M. Kaiser

Michael M. Kaiser

Founding Artistic Director

Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded educational and artistic programming for the United States’ center for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of the Center’s theaters, and led the nation in arts management training. In 2001, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in May 2010. In honor of his accomplishments, the Board of the Kennedy Center named him President Emeritus in 2014.

Jill O'Neill
Jill O'Neill
Executive Director
Maris Harrington
Maris Harrington
Director of Development

News & Notes

Mark your calendars for special events July 2018 celebrating Grand Opening!

Celebrations surrounding the Grand Opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in July 2018 will span several days and include world-class performances and fun, family activities in recognition of this historic occasion in Northern Michigan. From a Founding Circle donor dinner on stage, to the incredible music of the distinguished Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and culminating with a Community Open House on July 8, 2018.

Seat Campaign: Please join our family of supporters

Sit back, relax and enjoy world-class performances and programs. Be entertained by the finest in music, dance, and theater, experience new horizons as you are educated by stimulating intellectual dialogue, and enjoy exceptional year-round performances! Name a seat for yourself, and honor a loved one — your spouse, a child, grandchild, parent. Recognize the contributions of a business associate or that special teacher who inspired you or your child to reach their dreams.

People trying to make their one square mile a better place,” responded John Bracey (pictured left) when asked about the role of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Bracey, who has been with the state funded agency since 1997 and currently serves as the Executive Director, believes in the right of al… READ MORE

Generous supporters bring the dream to life

As an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters. We invite you to consider joining the family of dream makers who believe in the power of the arts!

  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education