Carpenter Performing Arts Center


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The Carpenter Center is a professional performing arts center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. It presents world-class artists from around the country and around the world, bringing an array of international artistic accomplishment to CSULB students and residents of Long Beach. Each season, the Carpenter Center offers performances in dance, music, spectacle, theatre, film, and family entertainment. The Carpenter Center is the premier performing venue on the CSULB campus; performances from the BInside the Carpenter Centerob Cole Conservatory of Music, the Dance Department, Film and Electronic Arts, and other campus organizations are presented here. The theatre is also the home of our resident company, Musical Theatre West, which produces a full season of broadway musicals.

Part of the Carpenter Center’s Arts for Life program is a vibrant arts education outreach experience called Classroom Connections. This in-depth program provides substantial arts experiences with professional artists in local classrooms. Elementary school students meet artists in their classrooms on a personal level, then at the theatre, in a fully-produced show in a professional theatre. Through generous support from many foundations, businesses and private individuals, Classroom Connections is provided to more than 10,000 students each year at no cost to the schools. Classroom Connections has earned consistent high praise from teachers, parents and the administrators of the Long Beach Unified School Districts for more than ten years.

The Carpenter Center is committed to providing these distinctive arts experiences to our community while maintaining a fiscally-responsible organization. We rely on the support of individuals, businesses, and foundations that share our belief in the importance of the arts.

While the Carpenter Center is located on the CSULB campus, less than 18% of our budget comes from the university. Additionally, ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost of presenting these world-class artists who perfrom on our stage. The artist from in presented series, all Arts for Life activites and all capital projects are funded through the generosity of our donors.

The Carpenter Center is pleased to offer a series of benefits designed to enhance our donor’s enjoyment of the performances here and at other venues in southern California. The Directors Circle welcomes all donors at the $1,000 and higher annual level, to exclusive backstage receptions with artists, to special events here and at other venues, and with a standing invitation to enjoy the Baker VIP lounge for refreshments before and at intermission at all Carpenter Center-presented performances.


Call 562.985.4274 or for more information.