Who we are

The Z's Mission

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center entertains, educates, and inspires our community by presenting a diverse array of high-quality performing artists and providing engaging learning opportunities that contribute to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the Southcoast.

The z


The historic Zeiterion Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center in the heart of downtown New Bedford.

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  • Schooltime Performance series

    The Z’s SCHOOLTIME Performance Programs annually offers two-dozen quality curriculum-based performances to nearly 30,000 schoolchildren in grades pre-K-12 and serves schools throughout southeastern Massachusetts. The Z also offers in-school residencies including mini-performances, workshops and theatre-prep visits. To add greater insight, understanding and interpretation of the content of shows, The Z offers on-line curriculum guides and pre and post-performance question and answer sessions with performing artists and their companies.

  • Teen Ambassador Program

    The Z’s Teen Ambassador Program facilitates learning in the arts through exposure, collaboration, creativity and engagement in the arts. The program provides unique artistic opportunities as well as work readiness training for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts, or an arts related field.

  • Creative Classroom

    The Zeiterion’s Creative Classroom offers classes in the performing arts to learners of all ages and abilities in a variety of mediums. Classes take place in the Penler Lounge which is adjacent to the theater and are led by local teachers, performers and artists. The Creative Classroom offers a safe and inviting space in which all members of the community are able to explore their curiosity and interest in the arts.

  • Lights Up Summer Camp

    Lights Up! is The Z’s new musical theatre camp where every student shines as they learn, play, and perform a musical production in just one week! During their experience, campers sing, dance, act, rehearse, participate in workshops and explore their creativity as they work with professional actors from Chicago. No experience necessary! 

  • Page to Stage Arts Integration Program

    The Page to Stage Arts Integration Project is an initiative where students engage in a creative process connecting theatre and ELA while meeting evolving objectives in both. Classrooms are paired with expert teaching artists with whom they learn theatre fundamentals such as acting and characterization through the lens of the historical fiction, Number the Stars. Over the course of 13 class sessions, students work towards a final script writing project and original performance that promotes collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Students also attend a live performance of the novel at The Z. Additionally, this project provides a foundation for educators to apply arts integration in other units and subject areas. Arming them with the tools and confidence they need to regularly include the arts in their classroom amplifies the overall impact of the program.

  • Internship Program

    The Zeiterion’s internship program provides high school and college students with a comprehensive experience working in a non-profit performing arts center.  Zeiterion interns receive training in arts administration including but not limited to development, marketing, education, and patron services.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Are scholarships/financial aid available:    YES          NO

    Do you accept PACE vouchers:                  YES          NO


    Is transportation available:                          YES          NO

    Don't see an offering that fits your needs? 

    Contact amoore@zeiterion.org for custom opportunities.



Executive Director: Rosemary Gill and Justin LaCroix


Address: 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740            


Phone Number: 508-997-5664 x129 


Website: www.zeiterion.org  


Email Address: amoore@zeiterion.org, Ashley Moore, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Hours of Operation

Admin Hours: M-F 9-5

Box Office Hours:

M, T, W, F: 10-5

TH: 10-7

Sat: 10-3

The GNBYA is a project of the

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

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