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Civil Rights Attorney Z. Alexander Looby circa mid 1950'sThe Z. Alexander Looby Theater

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.

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: Tennessee Women's Theater Project

The Looby Theater also is proud to have an on-going partnership with the Tennessee Women's Theater Project, that brings three events per year to the theater. One of the favorites each year is their "Women's Work" Festival, that highlights the creative talents of women through new work in the performing arts. The festival is wonderful, and affordable, opportunity to see the latest work from talented playwrights, poets, choreographers, filmmakers and more. Their website,

has more information on their season.

Other Performances

The Z. Alexander Looby Theater is also available as a rental facility for performing arts events. Our 192-seat, proscenium-style theater can accommodate a wide variety of performances. Previous events have included:

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

To inquire about renting the theater for your event, please contact Rachel Hamilton at

Venue At-A-Glance

Looby Theater seating


  • 192 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