Live Arts

123 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 977-4177


Live Arts is a volunteer theater and hub for drama, dance, comedy, music, and performance art since 1990. Live Arts presents exciting, high-caliber work unlike anything you’d expect to find in the area.

While presenting an annual season of shows, Live Arts offers countless volunteer opportunities across all fields of theater production, including acting, designing, set building, dramaturgy, directing, stage managing, and more. Whether you are an old pro or looking to try something new, volunteering at Live Arts is for you.

Educational programming at Live Arts presents adult workshops, youth classes, and summer theater camps for kids of all ages. Summer children’s performances are a fun way for families to experience live theater together. Volunteer-led groups like the Playwrights' Lab, Readers' Circle, and Costume Guild give volunteers the opportunity to gather and pursue their interests.

Live Arts is housed in a modern, state-of-the-art facility just one block off the Downtown Mall. The building contains both large and small fully functioning theaters, meeting and rehearsal rooms, an expansive wrap-around fourth floor deck with great views of the sunset, and an elegant open third floor lobby with a built-in bar and comfortable seating. When not in use for productions, these spaces are available for rental at affordable rates. If you are looking for a place to have a special event, a retirement party, a happy hour, or a rehearsal dinner, consider Live Arts!



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