Great Lakes Center For The Arts
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The Great Lakes Center for the Arts will inspire, entertain and educate with year-round, world-class performances,

affordable ticket pricing and a robust education program.

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Great Lakes Cinema Series: Black Panther

Travel to the isolated African nation of Wakanda, as Black Panther takes place as King and fearlessly defends his home and their way of life from a powerful enemy.

Great Lakes Cinema Series: The Greatest Showman

Tap your toe to this movie musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, an american showman rememberd for founding the circus.

Laureates of the Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Capitol Steps

Capitol Steps, the group that puts the “mock” in democracy!

Interlochen Ballet: Swan Lake

Interlochen presents Tchaikovsky's brilliant and beautiful ballet Swan Lake.

Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir has charmed audiences around the globe with rapturous harmonies, purity of tone, delightful repertoire and charming demeanor.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.
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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
Matt Wawro
Matt Wawro
Development Director

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.

Come “Celebrate the Journey!” with Us
Re-live classic rock ‘n’ roll with Northern Michigan’s favorite tribute band, The Journey Tribute, on September 2nd at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. In case you thought rock shows were for Only The Young, think again. Hailing from Traverse City, the group is composed of five men, with incredib… 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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