We believe in community. We believe in people.
Centrestage Music Theatre CIC was opened in Kilmarnock in 2006 without any public or grant funding and operates with the ethos that anyone- regardless of age, background or experience – can gain life changing social benefits through active participation in the arts, particularly music, drama and dance. Centrestage is a social enterprise and operates on a not for profit basis.
All classes and activities work towards performances staged in the Centrestage Theatre and all productions are created in-house, with all performers coming from members of our diverse community.
All Centrestage activities support the delivery of the project work delivered by our associated charity, Centrestage Communities Ltd (OSCR SC039611) which enables participation for those who for social or financial reasons cannot access mainstream Centrestage activities, supporting these individuals to feel more connected to the wider geographical, cultural and social community. Working with babies, children, young people, young offenders, prisoners, ex-offenders, the elderly and adults and children with additional support needs, Centrestage aims to help participants improve their own situations by providing the tools to make this possible. Our 1500 weekly participants range in age from 4 weeks to 100+ years.
All activities are focused on leadership and teambuilding through the arts and in building a strong sense of community both within our organisation and in the wider community. Our goal, despite the highest standards achieved by participants, and the careers in the arts industry achieved by many, is not to promise a career in this field. Instead, we aspire to deliver and develop skills and work ethics that will be welcomed in all industries.
We passionately believe in the leadership potential and ability of youth and constantly monitor the progress of all our participants to identify those who show the potential to lead the next generation at Centrestage, building on their personal strengths, whether as part of the teaching , technical or business teams. All Centrestage employees started as participants and volunteers, making themselves invaluable throughout the organisation before officially joining the team. We currently employ 44 members of staff across both organisations and have a team of over 100 volunteers.
We develop programmes, partnerships and collaborations that have a positive impact on the lives of members of our community. We aim for Centrestage to be seen as a place where leadership, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities are available to all, where we can assist in helping our participants shape their individual journeys, never assuming that a negative destination is inevitable.
We are committed to enabling all of our participants to engage with a sense of belonging to a wider community and to breaking down the barriers that prevent achievement. We aim to give our participants, regardless of age, an experience of what they can create, a sense of their own value and awareness of new possibilities for their own lives and the influence they can have on others.
Most importantly, all of our members are valued as individuals. We all have a story to tell. Together, we can create a community of energy, potential, support and belief. To help build an energetic and inclusive society is our greatest aspiration.