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Memphians are avid supporters of the performing arts. Catch a musical at the Orpheum, see the Memphis Symphony at the Cannon Center, or watch a play at one of our many local theaters. Home to several professional music, dance and theatre groups, Memphians enjoy world class entertainment year round.
7950 Trinity, (901) 737-7322 balletmemphis.org
Ballet Memphis is the most successful ballet organization in the history of Memphis. The company has four performances a year — held at The Orpheum and Playhouse on the Square— and also holds several classes throughout the year for all skill levels and ages.
(901) 527-3067 concertsinternationalmemphis.org
Concerts International is a nonprofit that has brought chamber music from abroad into Memphis for 35 years and counting.
585 S. Mendenhall, (901) 537-2525 memphissymphony.org
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is one of the city’s most important cultural organizations. Today, the more than 550 musicians, staff members, and volunteers make up the orchestra and its affiliated Memphis Chorus, Youth Symphony, and the Symphony League.
2157 York Avenue, (901) 726-9225 newballet.org
The New Ballet Ensemble & School is a Community School of the Arts with an after school dance program at their location in the Cooper Young neighborhood, as well as at Dunbar Elementary School and Lester Community Center. Both the professional ensemble and students offer performances throughout the year at a variety of locations in the community. In 2014 New Ballet Ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The award recognizes creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and humanities to increase academic achievement.
6745 Wolf River Blvd., (901) 257-3100 operamemphis.org
One of the oldest continuously running opera companies in the nation, Opera Memphis consistently welcomes full houses at the historic Orpheum theater. Performances are accompanied by English translations projected above and beside the stage. Opera Memphis also attracts some of the most famous opera singers in the world, including Memphian Kallen Esperian.
37 South Cooper, 901-525-0009 hattiloo.org
Hattiloo Theatre is the newest addition to the Memphis theater scene. Productions generally focus on African-American theater, culture, and history. Productions include dance and music performances.
66 S. Cooper (Playhouse), 51 S. Cooper (Circuit), (901) 726-4656 playhouseonthesquare.org
This company of professional actors located in the Memphis area produces a variety of shows throughout the year at three separate local venues. Their productions are top-notch and highly acclaimed and dip into a wide variety of styles and genres.
7653 Poplar Pike, (901) 755-7775 ppp.org
The Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School has received wide acclaim for the level of dramatic performances it has achieved. Actors from the program have appeared on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway.
2000 North Parkway, (901) 843-3834 rhodes.edu
The student cast and crew of this theater present around four productions each year, creating some of the most challenging theater today. Notable actors and directors from the Memphis community are hands-on in productions and frequently share their knowledge of the business and the craft of theater with Rhodes students.
630 Perkins Extd., (901) 682-8323 theatrememphis.org
Theatre Memphis is the longest-running community theatre company in the area, with a main stage as well as the intimate setting of the Next Stage. Productions include popular blockbuster musicals as well as lesser-known productions.
2085 Monroe, (901) 274-7139 theatreworksmemphis.org
TheatreWorks provides low cost office, rehearsal, and performance space for emerging artists and performing arts groups. Two facilities - the TheatreWorks Venue and the Evergreen Theatre - are shared by several groups, including: Emerald Theatre Company, Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe, Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre, New Moon Theatre Company, and the Young Actor's Guild .
(901) 678-2576 memphis.edu/theatre
The U of M Theatre & Dance puts on a full season of performances that include plays and dance concerts featuring student and faculty.
3663 Appling, (901) 385-6440 bpacc.org
The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center offers a variety of performing arts, ranging from music and theater to dance. The venue is also available for business meetings and commercial functions.
60 Perkins Rd., St. Mary’s Episcopal School, (901) 537-1483 stmarysschool.org/thebuckman
The Buckman on the campus of St. Mary’s Episcopal School brings in world-class music concert, theater, and dance throughout the year.
1801 Exeter, (901) 751-7500 gpacweb.com
The Germantown Performing Arts Centre has offered the community excellent performances and local events for the past 18 years, with many noteworthy productions, including the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ray Charles.
Main and Beale, (901) 525-3000 orpheum-memphis.com
The Orpheum is a grand, gorgeous theater that acts as one of the premier performing-arts centers in the Mid-South. Between Broadway productions, Opera Memphis performances, and a wide array of other local entertainers, The Orpheum offers some of the best performances around.
575 S. Mendenhall, (901) 578-2787 artsmemphis.org
ArtsMemphis was established to enhance the community’s cultural quality of life by raising funds and awareness for the city’s core arts organizations. The group offers support for more than two dozen community arts projects.
422 and 430 N. Cleveland St., (901) 507-8030 crosstownarts.org
Crosstown Arts manages five types of spaces that integrate varying components of exhibition, performance, production, education and retail. These spaces include an art gallery, a flea market, and studios in the Crosstown neighborhood.
985 S. Bellevue, (901) 948-9522 memphisblackartsalliance.org
The Memphis Black Arts Alliance offers a wide selection of classes and a venue for performers to celebrate the region’s African-American contributions to education, business, religion, and the arts.
3485 Poplar #225, (901) 454-0474 urbanartcommission.org
The UrbanArt Commission, with its new leader Christina Lanzl, promotes public art and urban design. Working with Memphis City Schools and the City of Memphis, the UAC has helped in the creation of art projects and programs designed to encourage art in schools.