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The Z. Alexander Looby Theater

Civil Rights Attorney Z. Alexander Looby circa mid 1950's

The Z. Alexander Looby Theater ("The Looby") is named after the famed Nashville-based civil rights leader, and is home to a wide variety of programming.  Located at 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in North Nashville, the facility offers events presented by The Metro Parks Theater and Music Departments , as well as events presented by other organizations through partnerships and rentals.

Temporary Closure

Due to the continuing health crisis, we will be closed to rentals, events, and general use until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward.

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Performances

The Z. Alexander Looby Theater is home to many of Metro Parks Cultural Arts own performances from the Theater, Music and Dance departments, including:

  • Youth Ensemble Productions
  • Centennial Youth Ballet Spring Dance Concert
  • "jam-band" End-of-Session Concerts

Partnership Performances

The Looby Theater is proud to have an on-going partnerships with several local theater companies. These companies perform all or part of their seasons at the Looby Theater, making it a hub of local theater action. Check out their websites for more information about upcoming productions and come support these local artists from the following companies:

Other Performances

The Z. Alexander Looby Theater is also available as a rental facility for performing arts events. Our 218-seat, proscenium-style theater can accommodate a wide variety of performances. Previous events have included:

  • Dance Concerts
  • Youth Productions
  • Film Presentations
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Theatre Productions
  • Music Events
  • Video Shoots/Commercial Shoots
  • and much more

To inquire about renting the theater for your event, please contact Samantha Drapeaux at

Venue At-A-Glance

Looby Theater seating


  • 218 seating capacity
  • 2 Large Dressing Rooms (max cast size 30)
  • 1 Large Green Room (Backstage Area)
  • Proscenium Stage (approx 24' x 28')
  • Standard Lighting Package
  • Standard Audio Package
  • Manual Main Drape

Looby Theater seating from alternative view


  • Book up to one year in advance
  • Must have at least 30 days advance
  • Subject to Staff availability

Stage of Looby theater

Z. Alexander Looby Theater Tech Kit