About the Zeiterion

Southcoast Massachusetts’ premiere nonprofit performing arts center

The Z's Story

How did the last of downtown New Bedford’s 17 theaters remain the only one standing a century later? Start at the beginning when Barney Zeitz set out to build a “palace for the people” in 1923.

Our Impact

A snapshot of The Z’s contributions to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the Southcoast.

Arts for all


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The Z offers several programs to help make the arts accessible to all.

Card to Culture: EBT and ConnectorCare card holders are eligible for reduced tickets to select performances through this state-run program.

Veterans & Seniors: Savings for veterans and senior citizens are available for tickets to select performances.

Who's Who at The Z

Our Resident Companies

The Zeiterion is also home to New Bedford Festival Theatre and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, contributing to the range of quality performing arts offered in the Southcoast.

Land Acknowledgement

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center sits on the unceded land of the Wampanoag peoples. The Zeiterion acknowledges the Wampanoag community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. The Zeiterion also acknowledge that it was founded upon exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous peoples, including those on whose land this institution is located. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.


The Z strives to be a place our entire community can call their own, but first, there is work to be done. Here are our 7 goals, what we’re doing to accomplish them, and a feedback opportunity to share your thoughts.