The Shenandoah Valley offers a very diverse selection of cultural opportunities available within a short driving time to anyone living within the Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville areas.  Options include community and professional theater, musical performing arts, historic sites, museums, libraries, art galleries and the artisan center.

Blackfriars Playhouse                                                  

is located in downtown Staunton.  This is a replica of one of William Shakespeare's theaters, built in 1620 and contains backless oak benches, balconies, and Tudor-style woodwork.  The Playhouse is home to Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, a highly respected touring troupe that has now established permanent residence in Staunton.

T h e S t a u n t o n P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r

A Community Of Performing Artists

Staunton is a thriving performing arts community. The Blackfriars Playhouse, presenting Shakespearian theatre and other dramas of the era in an authentic setting, has become a major attraction. There are many local performances of drama, music, dance and individual talents such as storytelling and magic. Other companies focus on improvisational theatre and children' productions, or the production of well-known plays and locally written works.

A performing arts renaissance in recent years has spawned exciting new companies or events... ANTS (A New Theatrical Society) is growing and Larry Vickers founded Catch a Rising Star to showcase young new talent.

A group of individual performers has formed The Staunton Performing Arts Alliance to promote the performing arts, especially for young children. The popular Queen City Acoustic series brings talented musical acts to the area.

Two dance studios, the Staunton Academy of Ballet and the Ballet Box, are thriving and need performance space. Classical music is offered through the Valley Symphonic Concerts. And a variety of other music is readily available through the Staunton Community Concerts, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival, and Staunton Music Festival.

There are more than 40 individuals and organizations on the Staunton Performing Arts Center’s prospective performer list. These are the performers who are interested in and would benefit from a professionally restored, state-of-the-art performing arts center. The list includes most of the major arts groups in the area, covering the full range of disciplines and attracting diverse audiences. Just imagine what it would be like...

Major Performing Arts Groups Supporting the Center...

(These groups—among others—have committed to using the Staunton Performing Arts Center or have expressed a strong interest in using the space for their performances.)

ANTS (A New Theatrical Society)
Barbara Martin
FARS Concerts (Folk Arts Revival Society)
Larry Vickers Productions
The Ovation Singers
Queen City Acoustic Concerts
Robin and Linda Williams
Shenandoah Civic Dance Company
Staunton Academy of Dance
Staunton Music Festival
Staunton Performing Arts Alliance
Bill Wellington
Grebo The Magician
Susan Clark
Joan Swift
Mack Swift
Rhythm Road
Ted and Lee Comedy
Valley Symphonic Concerts

Staunton Performing Arts Center
P. O. Box 571, Staunton VA 24402
(540) 885-3211


The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia - Putting Up Hay


Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum


Historic Staunton Foundation

Augusta County Historical Society


John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville   John Paul Jones Arena

The John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville
VA concerts are currently scheduled

 Long View Hall at Shenandoah Caverns  The Shenandoah Caverns See beautiful underground formations like the famous Breakfast Bacon once featured in National Geographic – all in the only Virginia caverns with elevator service!

The Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge Summer

"Natural Bridge is... genuinely unassuming, friendly and welcoming."
Washington Post, 9/1/06

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