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

With five fully restored historic theaters (built 1921-22), Playhouse Square is the largest theater restoration project in the world. Join us for a free tour and find out how these gems were saved from the wrecking ball!  

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 each year.  


Free Playhouse Square Backstage Tours

Meet our RedCoat volunteer tour guides in the State Theatre lobby on select Saturdays (listed below). Tours start every 15 minutes 10-11:30 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. You may even get to be on stage!

No registration is necessary for groups with fewer than ten people.  

To make a reservation for a group of ten or more visiting on our free backstage tour dates, please contact Megan Anderson at 216-640-8531 or fill out the form below.




2017 Playhouse Square Backstage Tour Dates​​​​

  • March 4
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 3
  • July 15
  • August 5
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

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.

More info to be released in Spring 2017.


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 two 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