Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

Upcoming Events

Opera Up Close: Battle of the Baritones
Cabaret, Opera
Oct 09, 2022
Experience the power of the unamplified human voice and a culinary sampling while seated on stage with the performers!
Ailey II
Oct 15, 2022
Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.
Cloud 9
Runs Nov 03Nov 06, 2022
In Cloud 9, adults play children; men and women play opposite genders; and a white man plays a black man. With its inventive casting and Churchill’s biting analysis of social structures, Cloud 9 is an intelligent and comedic show that will challenge yesterday and today’s society. 
The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
Nov 11, 2022
This free Veterans Day concert features selections from a vast choral repertoire and will include Broadway music, opera, barbershop quartet, Americana, and pop music.
The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine presents
The Nutcracker
Children’s/Family, Holiday
Nov 19, 2022
With a company of over 55 dancers, the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine have drawn critical acclaim in performances throughout Europe, India, and Africa. The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine’s The Nutcracker is sure to make some magical memories this holiday season!
Opera Up Close: Happy Birthday, Mozart!
Cabaret, Music
Jan 29, 2023
Celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 266th Birthday with a special repertoire, great company, birthday cake and a champagne toast!
DRUMLine Live!
Feb 04, 2023
DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat, has already paraded onto some of the biggest theatre stages in America, Japan, and Korea. After performing over 300 shows since 2009, it’s time for a BRAND NEW show, with new music and choreography. 
GSU Dance Company presents
Rise Up! Truth to Power
Runs Mar 10Mar 11, 2023
Join the GSU Dance Company as they dance for social justice. Choreographed by GSU faculty, students, and alumni, Rise Up! features provocative performances that encourage dialogue and action that address inequity.
Classic, Drama
Runs Apr 06Apr 08, 2023
This powerful tale of prejudice, inequity, discrimination, and jealousy is full of wit and action, and a few surprises as well. So, come see the show you’ve known for all these years in a whole new light…
Acrobuffos Present
Air Play
Children’s/Family, Circus
Apr 22, 2023
Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary. Air Play is a visual poem, using no words, and brings to life the very air we breathe.
One University Parkway,
University Park, IL 60484
Each year, the Center for Performing Arts presents more than 50 performances offering diverse, high quality and affordable cultural and arts education experiences to more than 60,000 people. The Center offers national touring acts, Chicago-based artists and community and academic theatre. Whatever your cultural tastes, we have something for you.

Our state-of-the art facility seats 1,165 patrons and is located at a vibrant and dynamic university setting that also houses an on-site Visual Arts Gallery and The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (theNate), offering unique opportunities for pre- and post-show activities and gatherings.

With free parking, a convenient location accessible to major highways and presentations ranging from opera to family programs, our venue has served as a vibrant cultural destination in the southland community since 1995.

Connect With Us: