Performing Arts

Memphians are avid supporters of the performing arts.  Catch a musical at the Orpheum, see the Memphis Symphony at the Cannon Center, or watch a play at one of our many local theaters.  Home to several professional music, dance and theatre groups, Memphians enjoy world class entertainment year round.

Music & Dance

Ballet Memphis

7950 Trinity, (901) 737-7322

Ballet Memphis is the most successful ballet organization in the history of Memphis. The company has four performances a year — held at The Orpheum and Playhouse on the Square— and also holds several classes throughout the year for all skill levels and ages.

Concerts International

(901) 527-3067

Concerts International is a nonprofit that has brought chamber music from abroad into Memphis for 35 years and counting.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

585 S. Mendenhall, (901) 537-2525

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is one of the city’s most important cultural organizations. Today, the more than 550 musicians, staff members, and volunteers make up the orchestra and its affiliated Memphis Chorus, Youth Symphony, and the Symphony League.

New Ballet Ensemble & School

2157 York Avenue, (901) 726-9225

The New Ballet Ensemble & School is a Community School of the Arts with an after school dance program at their location in the Cooper Young neighborhood, as well as at Dunbar Elementary School and Lester Community Center.  Both the professional ensemble and students offer performances throughout the year at a variety of locations in the community. In 2014 New Ballet Ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  The award recognizes creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and humanities to increase academic achievement.

Opera Memphis

6745 Wolf River Blvd., (901) 257-3100

One of the oldest continuously running opera companies in the nation, Opera Memphis consistently welcomes full houses at the historic Orpheum theater. Performances are accompanied by English translations projected above and beside the stage. Opera Memphis also attracts some of the most famous opera singers in the world, including Memphian Kallen Esperian.


Hattiloo Theatre

37 South Cooper, 901-525-0009

Hattiloo Theatre is the newest addition to the Memphis theater scene. Productions generally focus on African-American theater, culture, and history. Productions include dance and music performances.

Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse

66 S. Cooper (Playhouse), 51 S. Cooper (Circuit), (901) 726-4656

This company of professional actors located in the Memphis area produces a variety of shows throughout the year at three separate local venues. Their productions are top-notch and highly acclaimed and dip into a wide variety of styles and genres.

Poplar Pike Playhouse

7653 Poplar Pike, (901) 755-7775

The Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School has received wide acclaim for the level of dramatic performances it has achieved. Actors from the program have appeared on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway.

Rhodes College McCoy Theatre

2000 North Parkway, (901) 843-3834

The student cast and crew of this theater present around four productions each year, creating some of the most challenging theater today. Notable actors and directors from the Memphis community are hands-on in productions and frequently share their knowledge of the business and the craft of theater with Rhodes students.

Theatre Memphis

630 Perkins Extd., (901) 682-8323

Theatre Memphis is the longest-running community theatre company in the area, with a main stage as well as the intimate setting of the Next Stage. Productions include popular blockbuster musicals as well as lesser-known productions.


2085 Monroe, (901) 274-7139

TheatreWorks provides low cost office, rehearsal, and performance space for emerging artists and performing arts groups.  Two facilities - the TheatreWorks Venue and the Evergreen Theatre - are shared by several groups, including: Emerald Theatre Company, Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe, Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre, New Moon Theatre Company, and the Young Actor's Guild .

University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance

(901) 678-2576

The U of M Theatre & Dance puts on a full season of performances that include plays and dance concerts featuring student and faculty.

Traveling Performances / Local Venues

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC)

3663 Appling, (901) 385-6440

The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center offers a variety of performing arts, ranging from music and theater to dance. The venue is also available for business meetings and commercial functions.

Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center

60 Perkins Rd., St. Mary’s Episcopal School, (901) 537-1483

The Buckman on the campus of St. Mary’s Episcopal School brings in world-class music concert, theater, and dance throughout the year.

Germantown Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)

1801 Exeter, (901) 751-7500

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre has offered the community excellent performances and local events for the past 18 years, with many noteworthy productions, including the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ray Charles.

The Orpheum

Main and Beale, (901) 525-3000

The Orpheum is a grand, gorgeous theater that acts as one of the premier performing-arts centers in the Mid-South. Between Broadway productions, Opera Memphis performances, and a wide array of other local entertainers, The Orpheum offers some of the best performances around.

Arts Organizations


575 S. Mendenhall, (901) 578-2787

ArtsMemphis was established to enhance the community’s cultural quality of life by raising funds and awareness for the city’s core arts organizations. The group offers support for more than two dozen community arts projects.

Crosstown Arts

422 and 430 N. Cleveland St., (901) 507-8030

Crosstown Arts manages five types of spaces that integrate varying components of exhibition, performance, production, education and retail.  These spaces include an art gallery, a flea market, and studios in the Crosstown neighborhood.

Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.

985 S. Bellevue, (901) 948-9522

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance offers a wide selection of classes and a venue for performers to celebrate the region’s African-American contributions to education, business, religion, and the arts.

UrbanArt Commission

3485 Poplar #225, (901) 454-0474

The UrbanArt Commission, with its new leader Christina Lanzl, promotes public art and urban design. Working with Memphis City Schools and the City of Memphis, the UAC has helped in the creation of art projects and programs designed to encourage art in schools.