Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Backgrounder
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater and dance,
opened in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2011.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Fact Sheet
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center will present a wide spectrum of entertainers and performers from around the world, and serve as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the 285,000-square-foot Kauffman Center includes two stand-alone performance halls, both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls that provide sweeping views of Kansas City.
Kansas City Arts and Culture
Serving as a cultural catalyst for Kansas City’s downtown, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will focus a new spotlight on the region’s performing arts community, further establishing Kansas City as a dynamic and diverse cultural destination.
Kauffman Center Education Backgrounder
Open Doors is an educational and community outreach program created by the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts that connects students from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area to the Center. The program is designed to provide opportunities for young people, especially those with limited experience of the arts, to attend performances at the Kauffman Center, as well as perform on the stages of the Center’s two performance spaces, the Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.
Kansas City Symphony Backgrounder
The Kansas City Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and performs in the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall.
Kansas City Ballet Backgrounder
The Kansas City Ballet is the resident dance company of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and performs in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City Backgrounder
Lyric Opera of Kansas City is the resident opera company of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and performs in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Jane Chu, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jane Chu is the president and chief executive officer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a position she has held since November 2006. As president and CEO, Chu has played a crucial role in the creation of this new institution. She currently leads the strategy, programming, fundraising and community initiatives for the Kauffman Center.
Design Consultants Biography
Theatre Projects Consultants is the world’s leading theatre designers and planners with over 1,200 projects in 70 countries to its credit. The company’s team of artistic, management, architectural, design and technical specialists offers a unique service to those engaged in the planning and design of theatres, concert halls and arts centers.