About the company
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, originally named the Orange County Performing Arts Center, can trace its roots back to the late 1960s, when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue. Their vision became reality in September 1986 with the opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Using the same determination, dedication and generosity that allowed the Center to be built entirely through private funding, the Center achieved consistent artistic success, establishing itself as a valuable cultural resource for the entire community. Its international dance series earned the Center a reputation as one of the leading presenters of dance in the country. The Center became a favorite stop for national tours of award-winning musicals from Broadway. Its annual music series brought the world's greatest classical, jazz and cabaret artists to Orange County. And its innovative arts education programs were lauded by educators and school districts throughout California and beyond.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization. It owns and operates the 3,000-seat opera house style Segerstrom Hall, the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the 500-seat multi-functional Samueli Theater, 250-seat Founders Hall and 46,000-square-foot Arts Plaza. The Center's Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center includes the studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab as well as the offices for the Center's education department. Other amenities include two private donor rooms, the elegant Leatherby's Cafe Rouge and the informal Plaza Cafe.