Performing Arts on Cleveland's West Side
Olmsted Performing Arts began as a small, community theater led by Angela Boehm in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. We produced shows in the basement of the Olmsted Community Center on a stage that was 12 by 24 feet in a room that sat 200 people.
In 2003, a group of parents and friends of the organization saw the talent and dedication of everyone involved, and they worked to create what is now known as Olmsted Performing Arts (OPA).
Since then OPA has grown from one education department to seven – film, art, theater, dance, music and voice, gymnastics, and homeschool – taught by highly accredited teachers. We have completed over 60 productions and run daily classes for hundreds of children. Our productions now cast up to 90 children and adults with an audience of up to 3,200 people.
In 2016, we moved to a brand new, fully customized space on Bagley Road in Berea. This space is designed to spark creativity and meet the growing needs of our students, actors, and dancers. We now have 3 large dance studios, 3 music studios, a film classroom and lounge, 2 theater rooms, an art studio and a gym focused on kids up to 12.
Our students consistently blossom – both on and off stage – and talk about the "family" they've created at OPA. We believe in the joy that performing arts brings to its audiences, but we also believe that being involved in the creation of dance, music, and theater is a magical experience for youth. It is our goal to bring high quality, affordable entertainment to our community, and to create an environment for out students that helps them build character, confidence, relationships and creative expression.