Great Lakes Center For The Arts


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.


Individual event tickets are available now for donors at the Friend giving level and above.

Individual event tickets will be on sale for the public beginning March 28.

 Please call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 with any questions.


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Introducing 2018 Premiere Summer Season 
Performances July-September
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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 - SOLD OUT

Please email or call 231-439-2610 to add your name to the waiting list.

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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New arts venues like the Great Lakes Center for the Arts allow everyone to see the beautiful, diverse quilt of performers who have made the American arts world so strong.
JUDITH JAMISONFormer DirectorAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and a Kennedy Center nominee
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.

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