The Luther Burbank Center for Arts is best known by locals for it’s world class Ruth Finley Person Theatre. Praised for its national and international touring performances ranging from shows such as Tony Bennet, Brain Candy, to the Moscow Ballet. With a range live comedy specials taped by HBO to some of the hottest television hits translated to the stage like Move Live on Tour, its no secret that the performers love her as much as we do! But did you know that the Person Theatre is just one of four on-site theaters? With the East Auditorium, Carson Cabaret, and Left Edge theatre there’s something for everyone. Presenting a wide array of performances, the Center’s three resident theatre companies, North Bay Stage Company, Roustabout Theater, and Left Edge Theatre offer reasonably priced entertainment for children and adults alike.
When you add in the 9,000-square-foot Atrium, three conference rooms, the Fireside room, Pavilion, The Anova Center for Education, Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmer’s Market, and outdoor Sculpture Garden, the LBC is as big a figure in square footage as it is in the community. The Luther Burbank Center is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, a established in 1979. With revenue generated from performances, venue rentals, concessions, sponsors, and private contributors, their education programs flourish……..going straight back into the center with an emphasis on education the LBC has thirty six school shows during the day with busses provided for the students, a Music for Schools instrument lending library (for low-income students to participate in bands and orchestras), free events including Fiesta de Independence and pre-show crafts for kids. With almost 5,500 members, donors, volunteers (14.000 hours of donated services, and sponsors who help sustain the center its easy to see and feel the love many have for the center.
Written by Rachel Wilcox