Who We Are

The Z connects our community with the performing arts and is a cultural destination for the entire Southcoast. It’s a gathering place that connects generations, unites diverse groups and opens a world of possibilities for our children.

A Cultural DESTINATION
By presenting hundreds of world-class performing artists and hosting countless other community events, The Z is a gathering place that connects generations, unites diverse groups, and opens a world of possibilities to our children.

NURTURING the Next Generation
The Z’s educational programs engage and excite more than 15,000 local students and teachers each year with over two dozen live performances. In addition, The Z offers literacy programs, in-school residencies and artist workshops, all of which come together to enhance and strengthen student knowledge, curiosity and learning skills.

The Importance of PLACE
Our storied history adds to the magical experience of each performance, with art deco golden muses, painted friezes and a giant crystal chandelier adorning the theatre walls and ceiling.

Engaging COMMUNITY
The Z fosters awareness and unity by presenting dynamic artist residencies, community dialogues, and book club discussions, frequently offered free of charge. In an effort to increase access to, and participation in, the performing arts, The Z distributes thousands of free or low-cost tickets through collaborations with community partners.

ENERGIZING Our City
The Z infuses energy into our community, making this a vibrant place to live, work, and play. Each year, more than 100,000 Z patrons fill the city’s restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The Z supports 180 jobs, with a $5.2 million economic impact on the local economy.