Beck Center for the Arts is a non-profit, performing arts and arts education organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for Northeastern Ohioans. We combine professional theatrical productions with comprehensive curriculum-based arts education in Creative Arts Therapies, dance, music, theater, and visual arts, serving over 50,000 annually in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Summit Counties.
Beck Center professional theater productions include a traditional, yet diverse combination of musicals, dramas and comedies on two separate stages, serving an average of 30,000 patrons each year. A 21-year veteran, artistic director Scott Spence has linked some of Cleveland’s top directors with titles you would expect (or not expect) from Beck Center. Directors include Seth Gordon formerly of Cleveland Play House, an artist-in-residency with Chicago’s Timothy Mooney, and Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program's artistic director, Victoria Bussert. Some daring, some courageous, yet all the quality and value you have come to expect from the Beck Center for the Arts.
Beck Center staff and faculty believe that quality arts education can be provided to all people regardless of age or ability. Over 200 classes, lessons, and programs are led each week by experienced and trained professionals who encourage each student to stretch to his or her artistic potential. Over 4,500 individuals are served annually through our dance, music, theater and visual arts programs.
The Creative Arts Therapies department assists individuals with a variety of special needs by enhancing their quality of life through the creative arts. 1,500 individuals are served each week in this capacity.
The Outreach Education department provides 4,500 students high quality and participatory arts instruction annually, both inside local schools and on the Beck Center campus with particular attention to the under-served.
Art exhibits at Beck Center are ongoing with exhibits by local and regional artists along with student and faculty exhibits. In addition, a partnership with the Cleveland Artists’ Foundation provides exhibits of historical and scholarly importance for free to the public.
Our mission is to inspire and enrich through dynamic arts education and performance.
Beck Center for the Arts, a place where students and professionals create and interact, is the leading regional destination for outstanding arts education, performance, and professional theater.
Our Core Values
We believe in…
- The transforming and transcending power of the arts
- The strength of collaboration
- Diversity as an essential component in all we do
- An inclusive and safe environment
- Ethical and fiscal responsibility
- Customer service, personal attention and access
- Building relationships