What is the Pride Arts Center?


Pride Arts Center (PAC) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats. PAC is run by the primary tenant, Pride Films and Plays, a 501(c)3 organization in Chicago. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park/Uptown neighborhoods and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, Unrehearsed Shakespeare, and various community meetings and events.

PRIDE ARTS CENTER also produces one-night or limited run events that fall outside the mission of Pride Films and Plays. These have included Charles Busch in THAT BOY, THAT GIRL in January, the His & His Cabaret Series, and the late-night improv show 26. The PAC slate of events during celebrating Pride 2017 include SheFest, Queer Bits Film Fest, staged readings of THE BOYS IN THE BAND and new works.  The Pride Slate also includes limited runs of MUSICAL COMEDY WHORE and BEDS, a double bill of Robert Chesley’s JERKER and James Edwin Parker’s 2 BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT.

Red Tape and Underscore Music Theater, along with PFP, are resident companies at PAC. Their successful productions have ranged from classics like HEDDA GABLER to exciting new musicals like MY NAME IS ANNIE KING. Additional tenants in 2016-17 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, 20% Productions, and About Face Youth Theater.

PAC’s new educational programs – PRIDE CAMP – consists of classes and Theater for Young Audiences Program begins in summer of 2017 with Rainbow Shakespeare for High School Students, Our World Our Way original musicals for middle school students, and puppetry and other special events for students of all ages.

For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.