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Welcome to the Salem State's Center for the Arts. Whether you are visiting to enjoy a theatre production, dance performance, music shows, live readings or unique artwork, The Center for the Arts provides diverse, high quality and affordable events in theatre, dance, music, creative writing, and art for all members of the university community and the greater North Shore. We produce nearly 100 events each year including student performances as well as shows by world-class artists and performers. 

Sophia Gordon rehearsal.



Ticketed events include dance concerts, music guest artists and theatre productions (view general ticket costs below). Admission is free for writer series events, student concerts, and the Winfisky Gallery

  • $20 general admission
  • $15 for seniors and non-Salem State students 18 and above
  • Free admission for those:
    • With a Salem State student ID
    • Anyone under the age of 18
  • Select free admission for Salem residents with ID for "Salem Nights" events
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more

Advance reservations may be made online or by calling the box office at 978.542.6365.



Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

The Sophia Gordon Center is a 432 seat state-of-the-art theatre located at 352 Lafayette Street on North Campus.

Callan Theatre

The 90-seat black box theatre is located in the basement of the Sullivan Building, at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Loring Avenues on North Campus. The entrance is located next to the Sophia Gordon Center, on 114 East (352 Lafayette Street). 

Ellison Campus Center

The Ellison Campus Center is located on North Campus directly behind the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts and next to the Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons. It houses the Winfisky Gallery and many of our creative writing events are hosted here.

Winfisky Gallery

The Winfisky Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Ellison Campus Center (North Campus). Gallery hours are 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday or by appointment. Call: 978.542.7890 for additional information.

Glassworks Studio

Salem State is home to a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio. Public demonstrations are held in the studio at various times throughout the year as well as during the Rosenberg Glass Artists Residency held annually in the summer.

The Glassworks Studio is located in the Enterprise Center. 

Recital Hall

The 165 seat Recital Hall is located on the ground floor of the Central Campus Classroom Building, 71 Loring Avenue (Route 1A). 

Guests of arts events taking place in the Recital Hall are welcome to park in the lot located on Loring Ave., next to the Salem Diner and directly across from the entrance to 71 Loring Ave.

O'Keefe Complex

Many of our dance workshops and programs are held in the O'Keefe Complex located at 225 Canal Street. Dance performances also take place in the Sophia Gordon Center. Parking is available in the O'Keefe Complex lot for evening and weekend dance events at O'Keefe.


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