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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 for youth and adults. While our offices are located in the newly-named Centennial Performing Arts Studios at 211 27th Ave N (formerly known as the Centennial Arts Activity Center), our reach extends to community centers and other parks sites as well, including our own Z.Alexander Looby Theater and the Centennial Black Box Theater.

Coming Up Next

Theater Summer Camps!

Story Drama

Campers will create their own stories as an ensemble and work together to learn the basics of acting. By the end of the week your camper will have the actors tools to share their stories onstage for friends and family.

Ages: 6-8
7/6-7/10; M-F 9a-4p
Performance: July 10 @ 4p

Centennial Performing Arts Studios
211 27th Ave N.

Tuition: $150

Register for Story Drama!

From the Ground Up -- This class is currently full, but you may still register for the waitlist!

Campers use their own thoughts, ideas and imaginations, to work together, and create songs, stories and movement in each performing arts discipline; music, theatre and dance. Instructors will give campers the knowledge and skills to create art from the ground up, and they will discover how to use those skills to build their unique performance!

Ages: 8-10
7/13-7/17; M-F 9a-4p
Performance: July 17 @ 4p

Centennial Performing Arts Studios
211 27th Ave N.

Tuition: $150

Register for the waitlist for From the Ground Up!

Share My Story, Stage My Story

In this playwriting & acting ensemble class, students will be challenged to write about their experiences on a variety of subjects. They will then become directors as the other students help them play out their story onstage.

Ages: 11-15
7/20-7/24; M-F 9a-4p
Performance: July 24 @ 4p

Centennial Performing Arts Studios
211 27th Ave N.

Tuition: $150

Register for Share My Story, Stage My Story!

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

Centennial Black Box New Play Reading Series

Centennial 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


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Staff Directory

Brown, Kirk
Technical Director
Hamilton, Rachel
Supervisor of Theater Division