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Centennial Black Box Theater

About the Centennial Black Box Theater

Our new theater space is up and running! It is located in the Centennial Arts Activity Center, in Centennial Park, which is the same facility that currently is home to many of our Music, Theater, and Dance classes.

A welcome addition to the performing arts scene in Nashville, our new space is designed to accommodate smaller productions and more intimate audiences. The simple 10-foot by 20-foot stage will accommodate a broad range of performances, from unique music offerings, to small-cast theatrical productions, with room for all sorts of arts education and outreach programs in between. Eventually the space will be home to both Parks' Cultural Arts-generated events and programming, as well as being a space that is rentable by other organizations for their presentations.

New Play Reading Series

The CBB is now the home of our New Play Reading Series. These free, Monday-night readings of works-in-progress take place monthly, (however no readings in June or December). Come enjoy one of the following up-coming readings, each of which begin promptly at 7:00pm.

2014 Play Readings:

  • January 27th: Volition by David Hoeknga
  • March 17th: Uncommon Friends by Jamie Cutler
  • April 21st: No Moves Back by Martin Halpern
  • May19th: Phaedra
  • July 21st: Hannah Elias by Nathan Ross Freeman
  • August 18th: a new play by Lois Wiley
  • October 20th: Choking Out The Kudzo by Betty Ladas

Free Form Friday

Pre-show at Free Form Friday, picture of stage.

Free Form Friday is an event that provides a platform for performing artists whose style is (for lack of a better phrase) out of the box. It is really all about offering a unique experience while giving artists that are out of the mainstream, yet still creating relevant and interesting art, a place to perform and share their ideas. Dig Deep Light show provides their one of a kind liquid lights which, when paired with the musical performances, propel the evening into an exciting and bizarre realm that is unique each and every time.

Next up at the CBB:

  • "Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story" presented by Courage Beyond at Centerstone. Admission is FREE for this performance: June 20, 2014, 7pm show (doors open at 6:30pm) in the CBB; Starring Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer
  • "Creative Writing Workshop" presented by "Ponder Anew" artists Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer, in conjunction with Courage Beyond at Centerstone, and the Metro Parks Theater Department. The free workshop is from 10am to 1pm on Saturday June 21, 2014. Families are welcome ( suggested ages 9 and up). Workshop includes a short selection from the show, followed by a Creative Writing Workshop.
  • "All-Ages Summer Chill" every Tuesday in July! from 6pm-10pm. Free.

Venue At-A-Glance


  • 56 seating capacity- in "Theater-Style" seating
  • 33 seating capacity- in "Cabaret-Style" seating
  • 1 Dressing Room (max cast size 10)
  • 1 Green Room
  • 1 Prop/Costume Closet behind stage
  • Proscenium Stage (approx 10' x 20")
  • Limited Lighting Package
  • Audio Package by request

View from the house of the Centennial Black Box stage.



Free Form Friday, February 7th

Reggi Wooten and Robert Bond perform at Free Form Friday on Febraury 7th.

Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey of Age perform at Free Form Friday on February 7th.

Free Form Friday, November 8th

Mark Volker and Carolyn Treybig perform at Free Form Friday on November 8th.

HyrkaMonsta performs at Free Form Friday on November 8th.