Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CACenter Stage Theater
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An intimate black box theater with weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies, located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara cultural district.

Support Center Stage

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Center Stage Theater exists to provide a professional, affordable, and accessible performing arts venue for Santa Barbara. Located in the heart of the downtown arts and cultural district, Center Stage encourages works that celebrate new artists and the cultural diversity of our community. The theater strives to create an environment where people of all ages and levels of expertise can participate in a hands-on experience as artists, technicians and audience members.

photoIn the last year, Center Stage was home to 191 performances by 57 production companies featuring more than 600 performers for nearly 14,000 audience members. These performances include film, music, dance and theater and the productions range from professional shows to children performing publicly for the first time. Click here to see a selection of past performances.There are several groups who have made Center Stage their home: Lit Moon Theatre, The Anacapa School, City@Peace, Out of the Box Theater Company and Speaking of Stories, to name a few. In addition to these old friends, each year we welcome the largest collection of new production companies of any venue in Santa Barbara.  When you support Center Stage you are in fact supporting each of these organizations.

photoDonations to Center Stage Theater are used to do many things: they help keep our rates low and affordable, they help purchase and maintain equipment for the theater, and they support our Rental Subsidy Fund.

photoHard work and a broad base of support brought this theater to life, and built it into the wonderful community treasure it has become. You can help us foster these creative ideas and make innovative and exciting performances possible by making a donation today.

Click here to make a donation now!

Or send your check to
Center Stage Theater
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara CA 93101

Donor levels:

Impresario $5,000 and above

  • You will receive a VIP pass for 2 tickets to any Center Stage Theater performance for 1 year
  • And all of the benefits listed below

Producer $2,500 to $4,999

  • Your name will be displayed on a plaque in the Center Stage Lobby
  • And all of the benefits listed below

Director $500 to $2,499

  • A seat in the theater will be dedicated in your honor
  • You will be listed on the donor page on our Website
  • A voucher for two tickets to any single performance
  • And all of the benefits listed below

Superstar $250 to $499

  • A seat in the theater will be dedicated in your honor
  • You will be listed on the donor page on our Website
  • And all of the benefits listed below

Star $20 to $249

  • Your name will be displayed on a Star in the Center Stage Box Office or Theater Lobby

Center Stage Theater is operated by Artspace, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law.


CST & SoS Take on French Fest!

Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories and are join forces to bring you the Santa Barbara French Festival.  This great community event is a joint fundraiser for Center Stage and Speaking of Stories. Mark your calendar for July 16 & 17 and be sure to join us at Oak Park to celebrate the weekend that Santa Barbara truly is the American Riviera!

 If you would like to be involved as a vendor, performer or volunteer call us at 805-963-8198 or send email to

To learn more about this great event visit the website at

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Box Office Information

The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at any time. See below for location and directions.


Purchase Tickets Online click here

Purchase by Phone with Visa or Mastercard: (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Online sales subject to a $1.50 surcharge per ticket.
There are no additional charges to purchase tickets over the phone.

Unless otherwise noted, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

NOTE: If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by phoning the box office at (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD).

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you must purchase a ticket at the door.


Center Stage Theater is located in Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California. Click here for map.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.

This Project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.