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Centennial Black Box Theater

About the Centennial Black Box Theater

A welcome addition to the performing arts scene in Nashville, the Centennial Black Box Theater located in the Centennial Performing Arts 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 showcases works from our partner organizations.

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.

Remaining 2015 Play Readings

  • April 20th: The Chosen People by Hank Kimmel
  • May 18th: Found Objects by Marilynn Anselm

Free Form Friday

Greg Bryant of Concurrene

Metro Parks Music presents Free Form Friday. This series 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

  • 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.
  • Acoustic Pickin' Party, held every Tuesday evening from 7PM - 8PM in the CBB. Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. All styles of music welcome, including originals. Great for ear training, developing chops, and learning new tunes. Relaxed environment similar to porch-sitting and pickin' with friends. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 - up. Hosted by Mike Teaney, Metro Parks Music.

Venue At-A-Glance

Specs

  • 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.

Details

Centennial Black Box Theater Sign.