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Calling all actors, dancers and singers!

Summer Youth Theatre is a performance-based theatre art program for 1st-12th graders. Professional directors, choreographers, musicians, and theatre technicians observe National Core Standards for the Arts while working with youth to produce high quality shows performed for enthusiastic, often sold-out audiences. Most importantly, SYT youth have fun, make new friends, and create memories that last … Continued

Show Some Love to the Lawrence Arts Center in Your Year-End Giving

CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE CARD ««  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Invest in local artists, the creative economy, and the next generation of innovative and imaginative thinkers. A gift to the Lawrence Arts Center is an investment in… . . .  Approximately 150 local artists each year. . . .  Our creative economy, a driver for local tourism, retail … Continued

SouperBowl Champions!

We are so thankful to the Lawrence community for making our annual SouperBowl event a success!  We raised more than $12,000 to support our ceramics studio and education program.  Happy shoppers left with beautiful bowls, and enjoyed soup and bread all donated by Dillon’s and Great Harvest Bread Company.  We especially want to thank the … Continued

Ode to Letterpress

Ode to Letterpress Oh sculpture of type! In my hand A weighty chunk, An atom of meaning. Pressed into paper –nay, squished Into cottony clouds– You stay crisp, Full of light and of shadows, Distinct and commanding. We are free To express, To impress Our love and our passion For words And for thoughts Lofty … Continued

Emoji-Me School’s Out Day

This Friday school is out and Emojis are in! Come spend the day discovering the history and possibility of expressing yourself with Emojis.  Katie Alldritt, Neal Barbour, and Jennifer Bennett will be working with kids to make their very own emojis complete with identities, behavior, style, and artwork.  Just imagine a whole room full of emoji … Continued

Congratulations to the 2017 Artist INC Lawrence Fellows!

Artist INC Live Lawrence, a collaborative partnership between the Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas Creative Industries Commission and Mid-America Art Alliance announces the artists selected for the 2017 Lawrence session of the Artist INC Live seminar. With this roster of 21 area artists, the nationally recognized Artist INC program now includes Lawrence within the pioneering arts … Continued

Our production of Billy Elliot the Musical – The Midwest Premiere

Did you know our production of Billy Elliot the Musical is the Midwest premiere of this production? Once a show closes on Broadway and goes on tour, it is made available for regional community and professional productions. The Lawrence Arts Center is the first theatre to do this production in the Midwest. It opens next … Continued

Inside Billy Elliot: What the Kids Have to Say

The cast of Billy Elliot is made up of professionals, community members, and students for a rich combination of performers. We checked in with the kids who are performing as part of the ballet class to hear what they thought of the rehearsal process. #1. The dancing and singing in this show is fun. Julia … Continued

A Week in Photos: Performing Arts Education

The LAC Ukulele Orchestra performs in the lobby with bassist Tim O’Brien. Singing in harmony and strumming along, the orchestra has already built a strong repertoire. Aspiring actors rehearse a short scene from A Thousand Cranes in their Basic Acting class. Theatre Explorations students explore costume design. A student adds color to his rendering of a robot … Continued

The Wires talk alternative classical ahead of Lawrence Arts Center gig Saturday

The Pitch | Click for article By Nick Spacek on February 8, 2017 The Lawrence Arts Center’s Nine Forty Live series has showcased innovative local and regional musicians for the past five years. But its reputation perhaps leans on tried-and-true singer-songwriter bookings more than it does on classical or concert music. The series is open … Continued

Behind the Scenes with a Dramaturg

Photo courtesy of  KVC Photography Jane Barnette, the assistant professor of theatre history, script analysis, and dramaturgy at KU, has been a very important partner in shaping Billy Elliot, but most people have never heard of the job she does. For Billy Elliot, Jane is a production dramaturg, which means she helps the audience access the musical. “I’m there to help … Continued

Enrollment Open Soon

Enrollment will open to the general public at 9am on Saturday, February 11th for our Preschool and Kindergarten programs for the 2017-2018 school year.  Enrollment is not currently offered online. The front desk staff is happy to assist you in enrolling your child in our programs. Click here for enrollment forms for preschool Click here … Continued