Erin Kennedy, Artistic Director
3800 - 33rd Street
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is a not-for-profit organization devoted to fostering live entertainment in all its forms, and providing North Okanagan residents access to premium and diverse entertainment. The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is a 750 seat theatre situated within the City of Vernon and the Society annually presents a series of over 25 shows to complement existing rentals.
As a multidisciplinary presenter, our annual series includes five dance shows which highlight classical, contemporary and folk styles. Whenever possible, the Society offers post-show talk backs, master classes and other outreach activities that are tailored to each dance engagement. We also host technical and community residencies on a case-by-case basis. The society presents large and small scale performances from regional, national and international dance companies; our season runs from October to May.
Built in 2001, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre boasts well-appointed backstage areas and one of the most comfortable auditoriums in British Columbia. The mainstage is a 750 seat proscenium theatre with a fly tower. The stage is 43’x 34’8” with a 12’8” apron and generous wing space. In-house equipment includes a dance floor (one side black and one side white), dance barres and a Meyer Mina digital sound system installed in 2013. A 31’ x 40’ flexible ‘black box’ space with a sprung floor is available and often used for master classes.