The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center entertains, educates, and inspires our community by presenting an array of high-quality performing artists and providing engaging learning opportunities that contribute to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the Southcoast.


To create a shared human experience that enriches people’s lives by harnessing the power of the performing arts to connect generations, unite diverse groups, and open a world of creativity and new possibilities for all.

A Cultural Destination

By presenting hundreds of world-class performing artists and hosting countless other community events, The Z is a gathering place that connects generations, unites diverse groups, and opens a world of possibilities to our children.

Nurturing the Next Generation

The Z’s educational programs engage and excite more than 15,000 local students and teachers each year with over two dozen live performances. In addition, The Z offers literacy programs, in-school residencies and artist workshops, all of which come together to enhance and strengthen student knowledge, curiosity and learning skills.

The Importance of Place

Our storied history adds to the magical experience of each performance, with art deco golden muses, painted friezes and a giant crystal chandelier adorning the theater walls and ceiling.

Engaging Community

The Z fosters awareness and unity by presenting dynamic artist residencies, community dialogues, and book club discussions, frequently offered free of charge. In an effort to increase access to, and participation in, the performing arts, The Z distributes thousands of free or low-cost tickets through collaborations with community partners.

Energizing Our City

The Z infuses energy into our community, making this a vibrant place to live, work, and play. Each year, more than 100,000 Z patrons fill the city’s restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The Z supports 180 jobs, with a $5.2 million economic impact on the local economy.