Theaters & Performing Arts
Live performances are a staple of the Ann Arbor area cultural scene. Both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are home to thriving performing arts programs with frequent and affordable event offerings. Actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea performs classic and world-premiere plays as well as offering classes on acting and theater, while Dexter’s Encore Musical Theatre Company showcases Broadway performers and top local talent.
Located right in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor, both the State Theatre and Michigan Theater are pillars of the performing arts scene in the area. These historic sites offer a broad and bold variety of programming beyond movies – plays, concerts, talks, meetings, parties, you name it! Ann Arbor is also home to a lively comedy scene. Check out the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase for live stand-up comedy or Pointless Brewery & Theatre’s live improv shows, workshops, and classes!