Who We Are

Beck Center for the Arts is a non-profit, performing arts and arts education organization dedicated to inspiring and 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 60,000 annually in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina, and Summit Counties. Crain's Cleveland Business named Beck Center the 11th Largest Cultural Attraction in Cuyahoga County.

We invite you to take a few minutes to see our special 80th anniversary video, produced for 2013-2014 season. You will learn about our rich history, vast programming, and meet our collaborative partners. This video was generously produced by Cox Communications.

80th Anniversary Video

Beck Center professional theater productions include a traditional, yet diverse combination of musicals, dramas and comedies on two separate stages, serving more than 35,000 patrons each year. Artistic Director Scott Spence, celebrating his 25th season at Beck Center, has linked some of Cleveland’s top directors with eclectic titles that Northeast Ohio audiences have come to expect. 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.

Beck Center staff and faculty believe that quality arts education can be provided to all people regardless of age or ability. We serve 3,000 students each week with over 200 award-winning classes, lessons, and programs. Our experienced and professional faculty encourage each student to reach his or her artistic potential.

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 by local, regional, and international artists along with student and faculty exhibits are held year-round. All exhibitions are free to the public.

Our Mission

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

Beck Center is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

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