Great Lakes Center For The Arts


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The Unveiling! 
Introducing 2018 Premiere Summer Season Performances
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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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We see the Great Lakes Center for the Arts as an entity that will provide year-round entertainment options for our residents, as well as opportunities for partnerships with our area schools and existing arts organizations.
CARLIN SMITHPresidentPetoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
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
Beth Anne Eckerle
Beth Anne Eckerle
Marketing Director

News & Notes

Become a donor to ensure seats to 2018 Premiere season!

The Center’s announcement of the 2018 Premiere Summer Season on July 17, 2017 also launched the pre-sale of event subscriptions for the family of donors who have supported the Center with gifts of $5,000 or more, including through Seat Campaign and Founding Circle gifts.

“We are so excited to share the first summer season programming. Our inaugural season stays true to the Center’s mission to present a variety of performing arts, with accessible ticket pricing, in a state-of-the-art theater right here in Northern Michigan,” said Jill O’Neill, the Center’s Executive Director. “Our donors have brought this vision to reality and we are delighted to offer the 2018 Premiere Summer Season subscription opportunities initially to this group. We will be welcoming the general public to subscribe beginning Sept. 1, 2017.”

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.

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 musi… 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!

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