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Sep 27, 2017

Beyond the Stage


The Peace Center has become the cultural centerpiece of Greenville, dedicated to bringing the best in entertainment to the Upstate. From celebrated music artists, dance companies, and comedians, to a top-notch Broadway series, the not-for-profit organization has filled the stage with 27 years of talent.

But so much of what happens at the Peace Center happens beyond the mainstage performances.

Now that the school year is underway, so is the Peace Center’s Field Trip Performance Series.  Learning comes to life on stage, through 14 productions tailored to specific ages and curriculum requirements. Performances are available for all grade levels, from Pre-K through high school.

Now in its sixth year, Peace Voices offers a variety of FREE poetry events for the community to enjoy. The program features Poetic Conversations, master classes with visiting artists, teen and adult workshops, community readings and a poetry slam. With Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond at the helm, attendees are encouraged to tell unique personal stories, have important conversations and develop written and verbal skills.

The Broadway series brings first-run Broadway tours to the stage, and audience members can dive deeper at FREE Peace Talks. Peace Talks are typically held at 6:30 p.m. the Wednesday of each Broadway week and give attendees the chance to learn more about the production, often with guests from the cast and company.

Many artists who come through the Peace Center doors will engage with the community through FREE Master Classes. Ticket holders can observe as world-class performers work with local students, giving them tips and honing their performances.

The Peace Chamber program offers FREE lectures for those interested in classical music. Led by professional violist and NPR music contributor Miles Hoffman, the talks focus on themes of musical interest and offer a deeper exploration of the chamber music world.

All told, more than 56,000 people are served annually through these outreach programs.

With a commitment to offering quality education and outreach programs, the Peace Center will continue to provide the Upstate community ways to engage with and explore the arts.