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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.

Introducing the 2018 Premiere Summer Season 
Performances July-September

 Individual event tickets are now available. 

Click here to view our seat map.

Please call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 or e-mail with any questions.

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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

This event is SOLD OUT. However, the wait list is open! Please e-mail or call 231.439.2610 to be added.

Pink Martini - SOLD OUT

This event is SOLD OUT. The wait list is currently closed.

An Evening with Sara Evans - SOLD OUT

This event is SOLD OUT. However, the wait list is open! Please e-mail or call 231.439.2610 to be added.


We are deeply saddened to learn of Charles Krauthammer’s declining health. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and we will announce our plans soon.

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 Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be just one more reason for people to enjoy our area.
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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!

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