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Centennial Black Box Theater

About the Centennial Black Box Theater

A welcome addition to the performing arts scene in Nashville, the Centennial Black Box Theater located in the Centennial Arts Activity Center is designed to accommodate smaller productions and more intimate audiences. The simple 10-foot by 20-foot stage will accommodate a broad range of performances, from unique music offerings, to small-cast theatrical productions, with room for all sorts of arts education and outreach programs in between. Eventually the space will be home to both Parks' Cultural Arts-generated events and programming, as well as being a space that showcases works from our partner organizations.

New Play Reading Series

The CBB is now the home of our New Play Reading Series. These free, Monday-night readings of works-in-progress take place monthly, (however no readings in June or December). Come enjoy one of the following up-coming readings, each of which begin promptly at 7:00pm.

2015 Play Readings

  • January 5th: Saint Rabbit by Jack Rayson
  • February 23rd: Hannah Elias by Nathan Ross Freemen
  • March 16th: Downsizing by Nick Macikalski
  • April 20th: The Chosen People by Hank Kimmel
  • May 18th: Found Objects by Marilynn Anselm

Free Form Friday

Greg Bryant of Concurrene

Free Form Friday is an event that provides a platform for performing artists whose style is (for lack of a better phrase) out of the box. It is really all about offering a unique experience while giving artists that are out of the mainstream, yet still creating relevant and interesting art, a place to perform and share their ideas. Dig Deep Light show provides their one of a kind liquid lights which, when paired with the musical performances, propel the evening into an exciting and bizarre realm that is unique each and every time.

Next up at the CBB

  • Acoustic Pickin' Party, held every Tuesday evening from 7PM - 8PM in the CBB. Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. All styles of music welcome, including originals. Great for ear training, developing chops, and learning new tunes. Relaxed environment similar to porch-sitting and pickin' with friends. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 - up. Hosted by Mike Teaney, Metro Parks Music.
  • Free Form Friday is back in the CBB on March 6th featuring Parallel Lives from Oxford Mississippi at 8 PM followed by the Nashville based Anthony Belfiglio Quartet at 9 PM. Dig Deep Light Show will be providing liquid lights throughout the evening. This is a free event!

Venue At-A-Glance


  • 56 seating capacity- in "Theater-Style" seating
  • 33 seating capacity- in "Cabaret-Style" seating
  • 1 Dressing Room (max cast size 10)
  • 1 Green Room
  • 1 Prop/Costume Closet behind stage
  • Proscenium Stage (approx 10' x 20")
  • Limited Lighting Package
  • Audio Package by request

View from the house of the Centennial Black Box stage.


Centennial Black Box Theater Sign.