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There are a lot of tasks that need to be done during the year that keep the organization running but aren’t directly related to putting on a show–and committees are the best place to go to help get that work done! Membership is not required to be on a committee.

Check out the different committees...


Nate Baldermann – President
Susanna Ellis – Vice President
Kelly Crippen – Treasurer
Veronica Long – Secretary
Danielle Allore-Taylor
Lisa Cryderman
Daniel Dye
Karen Gerring
Don LaFollette
Wendy Lake
Darren Taylor
Linda Weber

Learn about the Board of Directors...


Check out a selection of Center Stage Jackson shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, and magnets in a variety of colors!

Go to CSJ merchandise website...


MCACA Grant Recipient!

Center Stage Jackson has been awarded a grant of $1,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.

This grant will be used to support the Administrative Director position during the COVID-19 pandemic. This person is our only year-round contractor and handles day-to-day operations and year-round planning. Because our organization strives to give artistic and educational opportunities to as many members of our community as possible, the teams that direct our shows differ from production to production. The Administrative Director provides continuity from show to show and year to year, providing valuable information and structural efficiency learned from previous productions (examples: updating our website, mailing list, and social media, providing guidance on show budget creation, executing a consistent format for auditions, providing useful documents to directors, and corresponding with venues). This allows team members working directly on a production to focus on their art without repeating mistakes discovered in prior years, as well as freeing up the board of directors to focus on larger organizational goals.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at

Learn more about the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs...

Learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts...


Event Cancellations

Updated July 6, 2020

Updates are listed below, by event


Members, participants, patrons, and supporters,

On Saturday June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors held an emergency meeting to discuss the state of our 2020-21 Season in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time they voted to indefinitely postpone the next three stage productions (Something Rotten!, Youth Theater's The Enchanted Bookshop, and Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery). This difficult decision was made based on the practicality of holding rehearsals and performances under pandemic circumstances, availability of venues for rehearsals and performances, financial feasibility with reduced capacity restrictions, and most importantly concern for the safety of all involved in a production.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at

If you would like to help keep theatre alive in Jackson, you can donate to our 501c3 organization online or by mail: Center Stage Jackson, PO Box 822 Jackson, MI 49204.

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding in this unusual time. We are excited to make it through this intermission and back to the stage!


3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off - Updated July 22, 2020

This event has been cancelled for 2020 but will return in summer 2021!


Something Rotten! - Updated June 27, 2020

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances for this production are postponed until further notice.


The Enchanted Bookshop - Updated June 27, 2020

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances for this production are postponed until further notice.


Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery - Updated June 27, 2020

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances for this production are postponed until further notice.


In-Person Meetings - Updated June 18

As Governor Whitmer has eased the restrictions contained in the executive orders, CSJ has continued to monitor those guidelines to determine how it can safely implement those changes while considering the individual circumstances of those affected. As a result, CSJ has elected to lift the ban on in person board and committee meetings with the following guidelines:

--A remote option for all meetings will be made available for all in person meetings.

--The meeting venue to be used must accommodate the effective use of the remote option, as well as allow for the social distancing measures noted below.

--The size of the gathering should be limited to the numbers included in the current executive orders for social gatherings, dependent on location and venue.

--All attendees must follow social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people when outside one's household, to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

--All attendees must wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space, unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.

--The board president should be notified of any scheduled in person committee meetings.

--The board will continue to monitor the latest information in developing its plans for the coming months.


2020 Dinner Cabaret - Updated May 18

This production is still postponed until further notice. If restrictions surrounding COVID-19 lift in the coming months, this cabaret may be held before the end of 2020 (in this case, we will interview for a 2021 Cabaret director at that time). If not, we have held April 9-18, 2021 at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards as a backup for this production team and performers. Once restrictions begin to lift, we will work to reschedule this event. The singers and production team are well into rehearsals and are excited to share their music with everyone!


The Wizard of Oz - Updated May 18

This production has been postponed to June 4-13, 2021 at Jackson College's Potter Center.


Youth Singing Competition - Updated March 18

The dates for this year’s Youth Singing Competition were originally scheduled to be announced in the coming days. However, the dates and venue that had been secured are no longer feasible. The decision has been made to CANCEL the 2020 Youth Singing Competition. This event will return in early 2021.


Staged Reading Auditions & Performance - Updated April 29

Auditions originally scheduled for May 23, 2020 have been POSTPONED until further notice. The June 28 Old Time Radio Hour performance has also been postponed until further notice.


Season Events Ahead...

Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Open to the public - Aug. 2020

Something Rotten!  ** POSTPONED **
Main Stage Musical - Oct. 2020

The Enchanted Bookshop  ** POSTPONED **
Youth Theater Play - Nov. 2020

Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery  ** POSTPONED **
Dinner Theatre - Feb./Mar. 2021

12th Youth Singing Competition
Info to be announced - Jan. 2021

Jungle Book
Youth Theater Musical - Mar. 2021

Dinner Cabaret 
Info to be announced - Apr. 2021

The Wizard of Oz  
Main Stage Musical - Jun. 2021



Did You Know?

Each Season, Center Stage Jackson produces...

2 Main Stage Musicals
1 Main Stage Dinner Theatre
1 Youth Theater Play
1 Youth Theater Musical
1 Themed Cabaret
1 Annual Youth Singing Competition
Multiple FREE Staged Readings
Multiple theatre-focused workshops

We utilize different community venues for each of our productions. Our "home" is the venue that fits each production best!

Jackson College's Potter Center
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
The Middle School at Parkside
Jackson's First Presbyterian Church
Jackson District Library's Carnegie Branch
and more!

In our 2018-19 Season, 112 youth and over 164 adults presented 39 performances to 5,000+ patrons in Jackson County!