Experience the premier performing arts center in the Shenandoah Valley, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University. The expansive, five-theatre complex is the destination for world-class theatre, dance and music entertainment. Each theatre is unique and acoustically designed to perfection. Audiences of all ages come together to enjoy performances from internationally-acclaimed professional artists, renowned faculty members and emerging young talent from JMU's School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance.
The Forbes Center will captivate your spirit with its soaring floor-to-ceiling glass lobbies, comfortable seating with ample legroom and upgraded audience amenities. Park for free just steps away from the entrance and be seated in minutes, ready to enjoy extraordinary dance, theatre and music performances. Engage in pre- and post-show dialogues with visiting composers, choreographers, world-renowned guest artists and distinguished faculty and students. Our "Forbes Family Fun" programs are geared toward children and their families.
The Forbes Center gives the university a unique opportunity to strengthen its relationships with local businesses, to enhance the cultural life of the community, and to support economic growth and social interaction in the region; it is located within Harrisonburg's Arts and Cultural District.