Columbus Performing Arts Center

General Information

About

The Columbus Performing Arts Center is a 21,000-square-foot space dedicated to the arts. It is home to two performance spaces, the Van Fleet Theatre and the Shedd Stage, and the Golden Hobby Gift Shop.

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Rentals Fees

Performance Spaces

Van Fleet
Theatre

$200

Performance

$125

Technical Rehearsal*

$100

Rehearsal**

Shedd
Stage

$100

Performance

$60

Technical Rehearsal*

$40

Rehearsal**

Rehearsal
Studios

$25

3-hour timeblock

  • Basement Studio
  • Scene Studio

*Technical Rehearsals include the use of stage lights. **Rehearsals do not include the use of stage lights.

Staffing and Extras

Staff

Required for all rentals

$20

Per Hour

Pianos

Per Performance

$50

Upright Piano

$150

Grand Piano

$50

Keyboard

Extras

Per Day

$50

Projector

History

The Columbus Performing Arts Center’s history dates back to 1923. However, it was not until 1957 that the two adjoined buildings merged to form the Van Fleet Theatre. Van Fleet Theater was renamed the Players Theatre, which was once the city’s oldest non-profit arts institution in continuous operation. In 1989, after Players Theatre moved out of the space, the city agreed to occupy the facility. The facility housed the Davis Performing Arts Programs for Youth, which had existed since 1970 as the Park Playhouse Teen Community Theatre, which started at Whetstone Recreation Center in Clintonville. In recent years, CATCO (Contemporary American Theatre Company) managed the Columbus Performing Arts Center and provided programming geared toward young theatergoers. In 2021, Columbus Recreation and Parks resumed management of the center.

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