Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Community Connections


Nobel-Prize winning author Dr. Azar Nafisi signs autographs for patrons after a spirited discussion on her experiences teaching literature in post-revolution Iran and in the United States. Photo by Beto Gonzalez

The largest arts presenter in Long Beach, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center has brought hundreds of national and international artists to its world-class stage, delighting thousands of audiences for more than eighteen years. Specializing in dance, music, theatre, spectacle and family events, the theatre has earned a well-respected reputation for high quality performances in a comfortable, inviting theatre. The theatre strives to keep ticket prices affordable for area families, to encourage family arts experiences.


With Arts for Life, the Carpenter Center will expand those arts experiences for all members of our community, offering hands-on opportunities to try the arts, to deepen understanding of the arts, to enjoy a social occasion with other arts enthusiasts, and to simply have fun with the arts! Working with professional artists, noted experts in the arts, and CSULB faculty members, the Community Connections program will link participants to a variety of arts experiences. All are meant to enhance and enrich your arts experience.


We invite you to read Shakespeare, see new documentary films, hear lectures on artists, and enjoy free concerts with acclaimed musicians. All for free and all from Community Connections and Arts for Life!