Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists
Since 1975

Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists
Since 1975

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Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists
Since 1975

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Mission Statement

At The Footlights Theatre Performing Arts Center, our mission is to bring performing arts education and opportunities to Erie community members of all ages and abilities in a fun, safe, inclusive, and diverse environment.

45
Years
7100
Students
53
Productions

Classes & Workshops

We are dedicated to creating a community of inspiration and discovery; a place where children, teens and adults learn, create, and have fun in a relaxed, professional environment.

What People Say About Us?

One year of Footlights quite simply was not enough for me! I didn't discover the Summer Footlights Program until the June that I graduated high school, which gave me exactly one show as an actor. After David Mitchell took a chance casting the new kid as Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, I quickly realized what an amazing opportunity this program is. I would return the following three summers as Assistant Director, cementing the foundation of my future career.

Nick Mitchell

Former Student & Staff Member
five-star
Words cannot express the gratitude and love I feel for the Footlights Theatre Program. Footlights gave me my lifelong love of the arts and I have used it throughout my life as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and director ever since

Rachel Rudd

Former Student & Staff Member
five-star
I think Footlights is a great program because you don't have to have alot of money to do it. Everyone gets the chance to perform. It is family friendly because there is no cost and families can see the show for free. The virtual was good because it helped me strengthen myself in all areas of theater.

Madailein White

Parent
five-star
I had 4 kids participate. Things did get hectic at times with them. They liked it though. I liked the programs because it kept them busy. And because it was through Zoom, they were able to visit their Aunt and still participate.

Jennifer Harencame

Parent
five-star
The classes offered this summer gave my children an amazing opportunity to learn from some pretty awesome teachers. They took classes in tap, jazz, musical theater dance, and more. The virtual lessons gave my kids something to do to keep active while also keeping them safe.

Kelly Selvam

Parent
five-star
It is really fun! I got to learn tap this year. I like Footlights because I can learn new things and it helped me not be nervous.

Alice White

Student
five-star
Our girls loved this program- they looked forward to the all of the lessons and started on their assignments immediately after the zoom lesson was complete. To see this level of engagement following a virtual encounter tells me that the instructors were challenging and inspiring their students.

Kate Fiscus

Parent
five-star