Since its founding in 1968, Porthouse Theatre has entertained scores of Northeast Ohio audiences and provided training opportunities for countless developing theatre artists. Every summer, more than 20,000 guests enjoy the Porthouse experience, picnicking with friends and family on the surrounding grounds or in one of our pavilions before enjoying a professional production in our comfortable 500 seat covered outdoor theatre. Porthouse Theatre is a staple in the Northeast Ohio arts community, and indeed, our patrons return year after year.Arrange to visit Porthouse Theatre and other attractions in Cleveland using our Cleveland vacation planning app.
Porthouse Theatre grew out of a partnership between Kent State University and The Cleveland Orchestra, who formed the Kent/Blossom Arts festival programs in 1968 in an effort to develop Blossom Music Center into a total environment for the arts. Under the direction of Kent State theatre professors Louis O. Erdmann and William H. Zucchero, Kent/Blossom Theatre became Porthouse Theatre in 1970. The theatre was named after Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Porthouse whose donation of a challenge gift facilitated the construction of the 500 seat theatre.
Porthouse Theatre provides a unique training opportunity for actors, designers, technicians, and managers, working in the context of a professional producing theatre. They work side by side with established professionals to refine their skills and talents.
Porthouse Theatre Reviews
Very good quality productions that feature a mix of professional actors, students, and others. Productions are of excellent quality in a very intimate theater that is under cover. Bring a picnic... more »
Porthouse theatre is a great way to experience a musical. The performers are generally (not always) Kent State students so tickets are cheaper than Playhouse, but the talent is always phenomenal. I... more »
Always a wonderful time. You must picnic before the show! Beautiful location. Every show we've seen have been impressive. Such talented performers and creative sets. We look forward to at least one show per summer.
Small theatre with auditorium seating that puts you close with a great view of the whole stage. The performers are highly talented with a lot of heart. It was quite humid on my last attendance but that didn't prevent the performers from acting, dancing and singing with everything they had. Bravo!
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