Who We Are

Whether you are one of our enthusiastic Z Members, have fond memories of visiting as a kid, or are discovering us for the first time, welcome!

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, also known as The Z, is a non-profit organization that has become an inspirational gathering place in the heart of downtown New Bedford. We connect you with best in live music, theater, dance, comedy, film, education and more. Each year we host more than 250 events and performances, including several from resident companies New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and New Bedford Festival Theatre.

That’s why we are:

A Cultural DESTINATION for the entire Southcoast, connecting generations, creating memories for friends and families, and opening a world of possibilities to our children.

NURTURING the Next Generation with educational programs that engage and excite more than 20,000 local students and teachers each year with more than two dozen live performances. The Z’s literacy programs, in-school residencies and artist workshops come together to enhance and strengthen student knowledge, curiosity, and learning skills.

A Unique PLACE with a storied history, which dates back to 1923. Art deco golden muses, painted friezes, and a giant crystal chandelier adorn the theater walls and ceiling to add to the magical experience of each performance.

Engaging COMMUNITY by presenting dynamic artist residencies, community events, and Creative Classroom courses designed to foster awareness and participation in the arts. To make the performing arts and arts education accessible, we distribute thousands of free or low-cost tickets through collaborations with community partners.

ENERGIZING Our City by infusing momentum 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. We support 180 jobs, with a $5.2 million economic impact on the local economy.

Ideas, inspiration, and pure enjoyment. Let’s experience it together at The Z.