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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.

Class Offerings

Actors at Rehearsal at Looby Theater

Currently, we have no new classes on our schedule, but we'd love to know what kind of theatre classes you are interested in! Please feel free to email any suggestions for classes that you, or the young people in your life, would be interested in taking. Please email Rachel at

History Through the Eyes of the Performing Arts

actorsCoordinating with other Parks' Departments, the Theater Division brings history and nature to the stage, allowing an enriched arts experience for all. Some of our past collaborations have been resulted in projects such as "My Soul As A Witness" (written by Nashville's Thomas Heine, directed by John Holleman) which was performed at Fort Negley, and "Signs of a New Day: The Z.Alexander Looby Story" (written and directed by Carolyn German) performed at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater. Programs such as these are presented using professional actors, and are appropriate for family audiences.

Educational Theatre Programming

Through the year we offer classes in the theater arts, taught by a combination of our own staff members as well as guest instructors. Our theater classes currently tend to focus on opportunities for ages 4 - 14.

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.