Our Mission:

We are a not-for-profit performing arts center who presents and produces a wide variety of quality performing arts, advances arts education and creates a neighborhood that is a superior destination for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

The Stage

Presenting and producing a variety of the finest entertainment for the betterment of the community. more

Arts Education

A national leader in engaging the community through enriching experiences in the performing arts. more

Area Development

A major area developer creating a vibrant destination and economically-strong neighborhood. more


Performing Arts Center

A not-for-profit that must raise over $4 million dollars annually to continue improving the region's quality of life. more

Take A Backstage Tour of Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square’s history and beauty date back to the early 1900’s.  Over the past decades our theaters have undergone transformations from vaudeville houses to movie houses to vacant buildings that were close to being torn down.  

Today, Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center outside of New York City and hosts nearly 1,000,000 guests and 1,000 curtains a year.  Each of the theaters have their own story to tell and our tours are a great way to learn about the history and restorations that have taken place. 


Free Playhouse Square Backstage Tours

Join us on the select Saturday’s noted below anytime between 10:00 am - 11:30 am for a free backstage tour of Playhouse Square. 

Please gather in the State Theatre lobby and a RedCoat volunteer tour guide will escort you throughout the theaters. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.  You may even get to be onstage!


No registration is necessary for groups of ten (10) or less.  

For any groups of ten (10) or more visiting on our free backstage tour dates, please contact Megan Anderson at 216-640-8531 or fill out the form below.



2016 Playhouse Square Public Tour Dates​​​​

  • November 5
  • December 3


Take A Hike Tours

Conducted by Gateway District Heritage Tourism, during the summer we offer free outdoor walking tours of the Playhouse Square District once a week.

To learn more, please click here.


Private Tours

Private tours of our theaters are available to those who may not be able to attend a free backstage tour date. Private tours can be scheduled any day of the week after 10 a.m. and are booked based on facility availability.


Private tours are for groups of 10 or more and are charged a fee. Tour must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance of the desired tour date.

For information, please contact Megan Anderson at 216-640-8531 or fill out the form below.


Request for a Free Backstage Tour Group or Private Tour