About Playhouse Square

One of Northeast Ohio’s brightest cultural gems, Playhouse Square is where memories are made, dreams are encouraged and excitement never stops. Entertainment is at the heart of what we do, but we are more than the largest performing arts center in the nation outside of New York. Through visionary leadership, Playhouse Square has become the steward of its vibrant downtown district. 

We are proud to be one of Broadway’s premier touring partners, made possible by the region’s enthusiastic Broadway audiences - the largest base of season tickets holders in the country, skilled labor force, knowledgeable and hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers and beautiful venues. 

We are a champion of arts education and downtown Cleveland, and delighted to be the home of our resident companies: Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance, DANCECleveland, Great Lakes Theater and Tri-C JazzFest.

The work we do is made possible by the generous donors and corporate marketing partners who support our not-for-profit mission. 

Our Mission

We are a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a destination that is a superior location for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

Milestones

  • 1921-22  -  Playhouse Square's five historic theaters opened
  • 1973  The not-for-profit Playhouse Square that exists today is incorporated
  • 1998 Community Engagement & Education Department established
  • 1999  -  Real Estate Services Division created
  • 2014  -  Dazzle the District neighborhood transformation

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