mountain view center for the performing arts
- Arts & Culture
Location500 Castro StreetMountain View, CA 94039 United States
The Performing Arts Division of the City of Mountain View’s Community Services Department is responsible for the management and operation of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, a three-theater performing arts complex owned by the City of Mountain View. The Center and its staff service an active schedule of performances with a mix of community and regional artists. The Center provides a well-maintained and equipped facility; technical service support; computerized ticket sales operation; marketing and public relations support; house management; and a volunteer usher corps for all performances.
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts isn’t just a place to watch other people, it’s a place to create art yourself. Whether it be singing in community choruses, playing in small ensembles and symphonies, or dancing with ballet schools and folkloric groups, every season sees numerous shows by local artists contributing to the community in their own way.
An entire generation of performers has learned to act, sing, dance, and play for an audience on the Center’s three stages, thanks to the work of local schools and organizations like Peninsula Youth Theatre, Pacific Ballet, Western Ballet, Oriki Theatre, and Quadre-the Voice of Four Horns. These groups’ work will live on in those young performers’ hearts, whether their art becomes a career or an avocation. Who knows how many careers in the arts have been launched by these companies, or by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's New Works and Young Playwrights Initiatives? Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis (first performed here at the Center) and TheatreWorks' regional Theater Tony Award are perhaps the most visible successes of those programs, but it isn’t alone, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. As reacent as April 2022 we hosted the Grammy-Award Winning Taylor Eigsti.
What will the future years bring? More new plays! More new music! More new ideas! And more young artists sharing, growing and creating the art that will keep Mountain View vibrant and alive!