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Since the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September of 2011:
- 2.5 million people have attended a performance or event
- 257,000+ students have experienced school matinees on our stages
- 131,000+ young people have been provided transporation funding through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program
- 2,200 volunteers have helped provide a memorable experience for patrons contributing 290,000 hours of their time, creating a cost savings of $6.6 million
- 100+ arts organizations have performed on our stages
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major center for music, opera, theater and dance, opened in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2011.
The Kauffman Center presents a wide range of entertainers and performers from around the world, and serves as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the 285,000-square-foot Kauffman Center includes two stand-alone performance halls, housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls.
Open Doors is an education and community outreach program that connects students to the Kauffman Center.
The Kauffman Center Presents series features world-renowned artists from a wide variety of performance genres.
Serving as a cultural catalyst for Kansas City’s downtown, the Kauffman Center shines a spotlight on the region’s performing arts community.
The Kansas City Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group performs in the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall.
The Kansas City Ballet is the resident dance company of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group performs in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City is the resident opera company of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group performs in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Paul J. Schofer
President and CEO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Paul J. Schofer serves as the President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to his selection as President and CEO in June 2014, Schofer served as the Kauffman Center’s Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Theatre Projects Consultants, Nagata Acoustics
Theatre Projects Consultants is the world’s leading theatre designing and planning company, with more than 1,200 projects in 70 countries to its credit. Nagata Acoustics is Japan’s leading acoustical consulting firm and one of a small group of companies in this specialized field whose activities are known and respected worldwide.
Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author who
embraces a comprehensive and humane design philosophy.