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Parks and Recreation

The Theater Division

The Theater Division of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of experiences in the theater arts. While our offices are located in the Centennial Arts Activity Center, our reach extends to other locations and parks sites as well, including our own Z.Alexander Looby Theater and the Centennial Black Box Theater.

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Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Showcase Class!
For Ages 9-14: Learn choreography and vocal technique for several of Broadway's most exciting numbers in this fun and intensive performance class!

Saturday Mornings; 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

April 11-May 16 (6-Week Course)

Register for this class!

For more information, contact Rachel at (615) 880-2281.

Centennial Black Box New Play Reading SeriesCentennial Black Box sign

Now in our fourth year, the New Play Reading Series continues to encourage new work by provided the theater space for the reading of a new play or musical. Each month (except June and December) our partners at the Nashville Dramaturgy Project and the Actor's Reading Room coordinate the details to bring audience and creator together. The series honors the labor-of-love process that is required to get a new piece of theater through the necessary stages, so that it will eventually be ready for a full-scale production. The New Play Reading Series is currently coordinated by Jaz Dorsey, whose years of experience allow for a selection of material that covers a broad range, from comedy to drama, from mainstream to the avant-garde. Playwrights who would like to be considered for the series may do so by sending a preliminary request to the Metro Parks Theater Department at the link below.

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Theater News

  • New Play Reading Series Continues on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Centennial Black Box Theater with a reading of The Chosen People by Hank Kimmel. Admission is free and seating is limited.