About Beck Center

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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.

Our Mission

To inspire, enrich, and transform lives through dynamic arts experiences.


To connect people, communities, and cultures through the arts.

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 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 28th 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.

We are proud to be a part of the Northeast Ohio’s professional theater landscape. Like our colleagues Playhouse Square, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, and Great Lakes Theater, Beck Center has a letter of agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. We hire professional actors from the Northeast Ohio region, including members of Actors’ Equity. Specifically, we are a Small Professional Theater (SPT) based on the number of seats, number of our performances, and the maximum weekly hours of work we provide to actors. We are also a producing theater.  We produce every show on our stages, meaning we choose the play, cast and rehearse it, build the sets, props, and costumes, direct and perform the music, and design lights and sound, utilizing regional resources and talent, all for you, our valued patron of the arts. Thank you for supporting live theater!

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.