The Center


Moshe Sketch What began as a sketch on a napkin has become an architectural icon and home for the performing arts in Kansas City. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has changed Kansas City’s skyline, as well as the experiences of artists and audiences throughout the region.

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the building’s most distinctive features are the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, Brandmeyer Great Hall, its acoustical design and accessibility.

Each space contains dramatic eye- and ear- catching design that combines sophisticated aesthetics, acoustics and technology with the intimacy of a smaller space and the comforts of home.

Building Features

  • A nearly 285,000-square-foot facility with two main performance halls
  • Exterior surfaces include glass, pre-cast concrete and bead-blasted stainless steel
  • 27 cables are anchored by the weight of the pre-cast walls and hold up the glass in the lobby
  • 196 public restroom stalls in the building
  • Houses office space for Kauffman Center staff plus rehearsal spaces, warm-up rooms and dressing rooms

Brandmeyer Great Hall

  • One large glass-enclosed area, called The Brandmeyer Great Hall, serves both halls
  • Guests can enter The Brandmeyer Great Hall from the north, on 16th Street, or from the Kauffman Center drive, just south of the building
  • A box office, coat check, refreshment bars and a gift shop are available