GPAC is a multidisciplinary performing arts facility whose mission is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to EDUCATE, engage, enrich and transform.
We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any prohibited basis including race, color, age, gender, religion, disability, national origin, or veteran status.
Opened in 1994, GPAC has an acoustically perfect, 868 seat main stage theater, Watkins Studio Theater and oversees two outdoor performances spaces. GPAC presents world renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year round educational activities for all ages, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, and a committed board of directors.
The Grove is designed to be an outdoor reflection of GPAC’s indoor space, aiming at the same level of experience, quality, diversity of talent and educational experiences, presented in a lush, shady setting called the TruGreen lawn. There is a covered 40’ by 60’ stage that features a giant 18’ by 31.2’ extremely high- definition video screen. The screen is mounted on a trolley, allowing for it to be moved upstage and “become” the performance or downstage to assist or enhance a performance. All types of performances are possible —theater, dance, orchestras and every genre of music— and there will be both ticketed and non-ticketed events. There is a paved entrance plaza, called the First Horizon Foundation Plaza, to welcome guests, featuring a large covered bar, seating areas, performance areas for small combos, the Donor Wall, art areas and more. There is also parking and electricity for four food trucks and a VIP area.
Quite significantly, The Grove’s technology allows for GPAC to simulcast performances or rehearsals taking place indoors in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall onto the giant screen. It is this capability that puts GPAC in the ranks of the most innovative performing arts centers in the nation, as it is currently one of only three centers employing this technology. The other centers are the New World Center in Miami and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Grove’s park-like setting can accommodate approximately 1200 guests at a wide variety of events, some specifically for families and some intended more for grownups, attracting folks seeking a more casual atmosphere in which to enjoy the arts. In this way, The Grove will serve GPAC’s needs as well as those of its primary arts users by attracting new audiences and providing an exciting alternative performance space.