Center Stage Jackson

Jackson County's Community Theatre

Cultivating, advancing, and promoting the appreciation of dramatic arts with the community.

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We’d love to have you as one of our members in the 2023-24 season so we can continue to keep arts alive in Jackson.


Have ambition and want to join a production. Audition for one of our scheduled shows throughout the year.


If performing isn’t your forte, we’re looking for people to help in several areas in which you can put your skills to use!


Center Stage Jackson collects donations & sponsorships via mail and online through our secure online portal.


Discover the exciting playbill and other events Center Stage Jackson has planned for this current season.


Tickets can be purchased in advance and are available based on the needs of each individual venue.


Receive notifications of upcoming productions along with opportunities to act, direct, volunteer, etc.


Center Stage Jackson collects donations via mail and online through our secure online portal.

Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to cultivate, advance, and promote the appreciation of dramatic arts with the community by presenting amateur theatrical productions. The organization will make educational opportunities available for its members while serving the community in artistic expressions.

Center Stage Jackson

Organizational History

Center Stage Jackson is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates primarily with volunteers. We strive to provide a positive atmosphere for the community to appreciate or to participate in live theatre performances.

Center Stage Jackson was formed in 2000-2001 following the merger of the Clark Lake Players and the Jackson Civic Theater.

The Clark Lake Players was founded in 1954 as the Pleasant View Players and presented shows during the summer months. They originally performed at the Pleasant View Hotel pavilion in Clark Lake then at the Clark Lake Lodge before moving to Clark Lake’s Eagle Point in 1964 and finally to Jackson College’s Potter Center in 1979.

The Jackson Civic Theater was formed in the early 1960s by the Jackson city Recreation Department. Its first plays were staged at City Hall. In 1966, the group moved to Stone Village on Probert Road before finally landing at the JCC Potter Center. JCT productions ran during the school year.

In September of 2000, the two groups merged and Center Stage Jackson was born.  Its first production was Art.

Since its inception, CSJ has expanded beyond traditional plays and musicals and typically produces an annual cabaret, a youth singing competition, a number of staged readings, and two youth theater productions (a play and a musical).