To look at a performing arts center as merely a building is to miss its true intention. The appeal of The Smith Center goes far beyond what is observed by patrons and casual passersby; this is a place that will truly embrace the community and support artistic excellence.
Serving as an incubator for new artistic endeavors, our programs will reach beyond The Smith Center campus and spread throughout the community, providing inspiration and encouragement to local arts organizations.
Home to resident companies Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Smith Center’s state-of-the-art facilities will enable organizations to grow artistically and institutionally, ultimately fulfilling the city’s longstanding dream of engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring programs.
In the years to come, The Smith Center will attract artists and productions from around the world, develop its own main stage works of the highest caliber and present the best and brightest of Broadway.
Since 1972, Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) has enriched the lives of the people of Las Vegas through powerful ballet and dance performances. Committed to the highest artistic standards, NBT has been an inspiration and a performing arts leader through its versatile professional company and affiliated training Academy as well as through Future Dance, its successful education and outreach program that provides free in-school dance instruction to underserved youth. With a firm adherence to the classical vocabulary, the company has expanded its repertoire over the last several years to include works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp and increased its national visibility by presenting cutting-edge contemporary works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Thaddeus Davis, Matthew Neenan and its own James Canfield. From performing at The Kennedy Center, to its annual A Choreographers’ Showcase, a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, NBT remains focused on educating local audiences through premiere dance collaborations, providing the community exposure to internationally recognized guest artists and choreographers. In May 2012, NBT enjoyed its debut as Resident Ballet Company at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, representing a significant step forward in the life of the organization and a timeless gift to the audiences who have sustained and supported it over the past four decades.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing more than 16,000 children each year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization.