Music Dance and Theatre


Blackfriars is proud to invite you to our theater located in Rochester’s Cultural East End District. We are now in our 58th season of providing quality theatrical entertainment to the Greater Monroe County and Finger Lakes region. Blackfriars Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years in downtown Rochester, New York. Our mission has been to provide the best possible showcase for actors and actresses, theater artists and technicians who have chosen to make Rochester their home. Many of our family have moved on to acting and technical roles in regional theatre, Broadway, movies and television – a testament to the training Blackfriars provides.
Downstairs Cabaret

The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre is a live, professional, not-for-profit (501-c-3) theatre; producing musicals, comedies, dramas, new works, and cabaret artists in a year-round, repertory schedule. Since its inception in 1983, the Downstairs Cabaret has made its mark in the Rochester community by producing a diverse offering of musicals and plays. Mostly known locally and nationally for developing Nunsense and producing the world premiere of Forever Plaid, the DCT has always been an important player in the development of new works.

The Dryden Theatre is the Museum’s sole exhibition space for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures, as well as fine selections from the world’s other great archives, and premieres of new foreign and independent cinema. The Dryden Theatre, opened in 1951, is the largest archival screening facility in the U.S., with a capacity of 535. It also is one of only four facilities in North America approved for the screening of nitrate film. As the screening facility showcasing Eastman House’s film collection and preservation activities, the Dryden Theatre is a critical component of the Museum’s mission to interpret and provide access to its motion picture collection.
Finger Lakes

The Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) is located 30 minutes south of Rochester, NY, on the campus of the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. A not-for-profit organization, CMAC plays host to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra numerous times each summer, and features a variety of national touring acts, as well. CMAC can host up to 15,000 patrons, including 10,000 lawn seats overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake. The amphitheatre’s pavilion includes covered seating, state-of-the-art acoustics, and an enhanced concession plaza.
Garth Fagan

The Fagan company has been cited for its excellence and originality with a New York Governor’s Arts Award. Their distinctive movement quality comes from years of training in Fagan Technique, the teaching method Garth Fagan, company founder and artistic director, developed hand-in-hand with his own dance vocabulary when he started the ensemble in 1970. The company has had five winners of “Bessie” Awards.

Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s leading professional theatre and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. Mainstage offers a wide variety of shows, from musicals to reinvigorated American and world classics. Nextstage, features fresh contemporary theatre and is home to Geva’s newest endeavor, Geva Comedy Improv. Big Theatre for Little People series, has exciting, original theatre for audiences in grades K-8. Geva Theatre Center also offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs.
Little Theatres

The Little Theatre Film Society provides a unique environment for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community. The Little serves as a multi-cultural gathering place for affordable and accessible entertainment, screening more than 100 films per year, as well as hosting several annual community film festivals. The Little provides local artists a place to share their visions with a diverse audience and to discuss their work through educational talkbacks.
Rochester Broadway Theater

RBTL’s mission is to provide opportunities for all people to experience, understand and enjoy the best in arts and performance through its education programs, events and activities Built in 1928, the Auditorium has become the greater Rochester area’s home for large-scale Broadway musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Disney’s THE LION KING and Wicked. In addition, The Aud Rochester hosts a variety of rock, classical, R&B, dance, and children’s shows. The Theatre is owned and operated by the RBTL.
Rochester City

Rochester City Ballet’s repertoire mixes award-winning contemporary works and classic story ballets, to create a unique and unmistakable quality of art. Its dancers are sought after by the very best ballet companies in the world. The fact that they choose to stay here and dance with RCB is a testament to the quality of the company, its Directors, and its diverse and challenging repertoire.
Rochester Opera

Mercury Opera Rochester is the area’s newest cultural organization, and Western New York’s only professional opera company. Incorporated in 2004 and now in its third season, the company has earned enthusiastic support from the community. The mission of Mercury Opera Rochester is to produce a varied repertoire of professional opera for a growing, appreciative audience.
Rochester Philharmonic

Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music. For more than 80 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement.

A non-profit community theater group using local talent to help non-profit organizations.A Magical Journey Thru Stages is a non-profit theater company dedicated to making this community a better place to live. We exist to perform high-quality plays and musicals that delight audiences, raise money for charity and foster personal and professional growth. Previous shows include Pippi Longstocking, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Disney’s High School Musical, A Christmas Carol and Into the Woods. Stages performs an annual Broadway musical revue for charity.

At TYKES, we promise you the most spectacular children’s theatre in town, a warm and child-friendly atmosphere, and great convenience too. Our breathtaking costumes and sets, superbly professional actors and incredible scripts will transport you to faraway lands, fantastical places and exciting new experiences. Let us entertain and inspire your whole family with best-loved fairy tales, favorite bedtime stories and children’s books… all seen through the magic of live theatre. Please come join us!
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