Olmsted Performing Arts began as a small, community theater in Olmsted Falls, Ohio that produced shows in the basement of the Olmsted Community Center. They performed on a stage that was twelve by twenty four feet in a room that sat 200 people. In 2003, a group of parents and the director saw the talent and dedication of the students and parents 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, gymnastics, and homeschool) taught by highly accredited teachers and completed over 60 productions. Productions cast up to 90 children and adults with an audience of up to 3200 people.
Olmsted Performing Arts has partnered with the City Mission for the past several years providing arts education once a month for their children as well as providing tickets to our shows. We also established the Olmsted Performing Arts Scholarship where 2 need-based and 1 desire-based scholarship are awarded annually. Olmsted Performing Arts has also started Stories in Motion where we bring arts programs to schools.
We are excited to start our next chapter at our new location at 611 W. Bagley Rd. This brand new, fully customized 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.