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Welcome to The Germantown Performing Arts Center, home of the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall.

Partnerships

 GPAC Board member Jordi Calzada, Duncan Williams, Guild Member Pat Scroggs, and GPAC Executive Director Paul Chandler

GPAC Board member Jordi Calzada, Duncan Williams, Guild Member Pat Scroggs, and GPAC Executive Director Paul Chandler

The partnership with Duncan-Williams has inspired GPAC to expand its reach and mission through partnering with other performing and visual arts organizations. Beginning this season, we will work towards celebrating and growing these relationships.

 

The Guild

The GPAC Guild

This relationship began at the creation of GPAC. Throughout the years the members have devoted time, energy and funding for GPAC programs. 

These elegant ladies are many times the face and stewards of GPAC. They honor us with their devotion. Please click HERE for more information about the GPAC Guild.

 

Rising Stars

Rising StarsA joint project of the Germantown Community Theatre, Germantown Kiwanis Club and GPAC, this annual concert features local students performing solos and ensembles in vocal music, instrumental music, and both classical and contemporary dance.

 

 

 

Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes College

Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes CollegeGPAC partners with the Mike Curb Institute to bring the Master Jazz Guitar Series to the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall.

 

 

 

IRIS Orchestra

Michael SternFor over a decade, IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern has presented and guided the classical music direction of GPAC. This has remained one of GPAC’s strongest and most impactful partnerships. Please refer to the Classical Series for their upcoming season.

 

 

Madonna Learning Center

Madonna Learning Center provides a faith-based environment where children and young adults with special needs are educated to reach their full potential. In December 2013, GPAC will host their annual performance to family, friends and supporters of the Center.

 

University of Memphis

The University of Memphis, Department of Architecture – 4th Year Interior Design students, have partnered with GPAC to help them envision a 21st Century redesign.  The mission of the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to engage, enrich, and transform.  The students were challenged to engage, enrich, and transform the existing structure into a space that improves organizational quality and exemplifies the growth of GPAC over the past 20 years.  The design challenge also included re-thinking their traditional norms of design process, development, and presentation by incorporating artifacts that embody the spirit of the new GPAC design concept; thus, demonstrating how design can be performing art.

On December 4th a group of 5 GPAC employees went to the University of Memphis Campus to see the presentation of the Department of Architecture - 4th year Interior Design students final project. The project called "GPAC - Design as a Performing Art" shows the creativity and imagination of the students as they re-design the interior and exterior space of GPAC.  The projects will be on display in the GPAC Lobby through the month of December

 

Germantown Series

IRIS Orchestra

For over 15 years GPAC has co-presented concerts with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

 

  

2013-2014 Schedule

 Germantown Symphony Orchestra

and Germantown Chorus

 Germantown Chorus Germantown Symphony Orchestra 
 Holiday Concert  Youth Concert Series  Spring Concert
 December 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm  February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm  March 9 2014 at 3:00 pm

 

 


 

Event Spaces

GPAC offers several performance and gathering spaces, perfect for a wide variety of events.

Click on each room to view more information on that space.

The full-service staff at GPAC is dedicated to working with you to create the perfect event. For more information, including available dates, please fill out our online rental inquiry form or contact:
Liz Mulroy
Facilities Director
(901) 751-7504
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Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

Our 824-seat theatre is an impressive location for a wide range of events including performances, lectures, student events, meetings and popular music concerts.

  • Full theatrical lighting and sound equipment
  • Dressing rooms (6)
  • Adjustable height orchestra pit
  • Full production and house staff
  • Accessible seating in all house sections
  • Audience Capacity:
    • Orchestra – 567 seats
    • Balcony – 257 seats
    • Pit – 44 seats (added at discretion of GPAC management)
  • Stage Dimensions:
    • Main Stage – 57' deep x 96' wide
    • Proscenium – 45' wide x 26' high
  • Equipment:
    • Contact Stephanie Roberson Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a current equipment list.

Lobby

 

The Black Box

The Black Box is a 40' x 40' intimate space with its own light and sound equipment and flexible seating arrangement. This multi-use room offers an attractive pine floor, black velvet drapes and a picturesque view of the GPAC grove when the curtains are drawn. It comfortably seats up to 105 people for performances, accommodates a reception for up to 150 and provides an intimate dining space for a maximum of 60. The space is often used for business lunches, ballet classes, symphony rehearsals, workshops, and receptions.

Green Room

The Green Room is a beautifully decorated room with modern, comfortable furniture that is traditionally thought of as a lounge for performers. It comfortably accommodates up to 50 people for receptions or can be used as a small meeting space for up to 30 people. The room has a small bar and kitchen area with a custom buffet table lining the wall. The Green Room also serves as GPAC's Patron Lounge for donors and sponsors.

The Grove

The Grove is a park like area just to the North of GPAC. This space can be used for outdoor gatherings such as picnics, outdoor performances and festivals. With easy access to GPAC facilities The Grove is great place for a unique event.

Box Office Services

GPAC has a full-service box office to support ticketed events. Our professional staff will guide you through the ticketing process, from important decisions such as ticket prices and scaling of the house, to final reconciliation.

Features:

  • All ticketed events handled by our box office.
  • Website listing free of charge for ticketed events. Box office reports available upon request.
  • Special requests can be arranged (group sales, off-site ticket sales, etc.)

Regular box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and three hours prior to curtain for weekend events.

Marketing Services

A number of promotional opportunities are available to our facility users:

  • Ticketed events will be listed on our website.
  • For a fee, we can direct market to our 10,000 known ticket buyers through our e-mail lists.
  • Limited consultation is available with the Events Manager regarding media placement and other promotional opportunities.
  • Advertising arrangements can be made through our office.

Our professional staff will guide you through the ticketing process, from important decisions such as ticket prices and scaling of the house, to final reconciliation.

Features:

  • All ticketed events handled by our box office.
  • Website listing free of charge for ticketed events.
  • Box office reports available upon request.
  • Special requests can be arranged (group sales, off-site ticket sales, etc.)
  • Box office fees included in facility rental fee.

Regular box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and three hours before starting time on days of events. We are closed during winter and spring breaks and all university recognized holidays.

Ticketed Events

GPAC is host to a variety of concerts and other ticketed events each season. We pride ourselves in understanding the business of hosting a ticketed show from top to bottom and our staff is equipped to help you through every step of the way, from providing input as to helping to gauge the success of a particular program or artist, to pricing and publicity.

History and Mission

The mission of the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to engage, enrich, and transform. GPAC is located in the heart of Shelby County, serves the greater metro Memphis area of over a million people and is accessible to all members of the community. The GPAC theater is an acoustically perfect, 824 seat venue featuring a sprung pine stage, an intimate black box theatre, an elegant green room, eight spacious dressing rooms and an opulent, grand lobby for entertaining and assembling. Ray Charles set the bar high when he opened GPAC in 1994, immediately defining this space as a place where excellence is the norm and where the world would come to perform.  Season after season, GPAC has applauded an array of artists with extraordinary talents and showcased the broadest range of performances and art forms. Currently in our 19th season, GPAC presents world renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year round educational activities for all ages including the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 70,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, professional seasoned staff and a dedicated board of directors.

Location

 

Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC)
1801 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN  38138
901-751-7500

Board of Directors

Bob Baker, President

Anca Pop, M.D., Vice President

Sam Beach, Secretary

Shiela Pallerne Vinczeller, Assistant Secretary

Bill Watkins, Treasurer

Kathy Simonetti, Assistant Treasurer

Patrick Lawton, City Administrator

Pam Arrindell

Joey Beckford

George Brown, Jr.

Jordi Calzada, M.D.

Lynn Foley, M.D.

Lee Grinspan

Sandra Jones

William Kenley

Delores Kinsolving

Jerry Kronenberg

Gary Lendermon

Honey Scheidt

Mike Palazzolo, Germantown Alderman

Donna Cohen, President of the Germantown Performing Arts Guild

Staff

 

Name/Title Phone Email

Richard Brewer
Technical Director

901-751-7506  
Michelle Byrd
Marketing Manager
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Shane Canale
Facility Services Coordinator
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Kellie Chandler
Box Office Assistant
901-751-7500  
Paul Chandler
Executive Director
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Patricia Cooper
Visual Arts Coordinator
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Emily Hefley
Education and Outreach Coordinator
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Dawnell Hindelang
Beverage Coordinator
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Deni Hirsh
Director of Development
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Natalie Jones
Development Assistant

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Angie Keathley
Assistant to the Director
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Kathy Lovett
Facility Services Coordinator
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Liz Mulroy
Venue Director
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Yasmine Omari
Marketing Assistant
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Barbara Posner
Box Office Assistant
901-751-7500  
Jared Smith
Box Office Assistant
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Suzette Simmonds
Box Office Manager
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Gala

Mark your calendars now for May 16, 2015 and join GPAC for this premier event, "Give My Regards to Broadway." Fabulous live music, gourmet dining, and both live and silent auctions are hallmarks of GPAC's annual Gala.

For more information on sponsorships, donations and/or ticket sales, contact:

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Director of Development
901-751-7505

Volunteer Program

Becoming a GPAC volunteer is a great way to be a part of world-class concerts, make new friends and contribute to the continued success of GPAC.

For more information, contact:

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Facility Services Coordinator
901-751-7670

GPAC Guild

The Germantown Performing Arts Guild is an organization of women who share the common interest of promoting the arts in our community and in West Tennessee. Guild members assist at performances, prepare receptions and promote performances to organizations in the community. Guild members offer their time, talents and consistent support for the many varied activities of GPAC. The Guild meets at GPAC on the third Monday of the month.

For more information on the Guild, contact

Donna Cohen
Guild President
(614) 439-5855
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Paula Wellington
Membership Chair
(703) 732-6324
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Jazz Society

Love Jazz? Love GPAC? Join the GPAC Jazz Society, founded by GPAC's 2012 Patrons of the Arts, Joey and Dr. Neal Beckford. Membership consists of an annual gift of $1,000, which includes 2 tickets to all main stage Jazz performances as well as private receptions. Your tax-deductible gift helps ensure Jazz continues to thrive at GPAC.

2014-2015 GPAC Jazz Society members:

Pam and Dr. Esmond Arrindell
Darrell Baker and Deborah Whitt
Joey and Dr. Neal Beckford
David and Patti Bradford
Lillian and the Honorable George Brown, Jr.
Lynn and Dr. Jordi Calzada
Dr. Thomas Chu
Teresa Jenkins
Sirella and Dr. Royce Joyner
Daryl and the Honorable Jayne Leven
Sandra Mays and Dr. Albert Morris
Sarah and Dr. Frank Ognibene
Tommie Pardue
Jack and Gloria Schaffer
Asan G. Tejwani
Cortez and Leathia Ward
Steve and Alissa Weiss

 

For additional information contact:

Deni Hirsh
Director of Development
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Presenters Circle

Do you want to help ensure the future of the Arts? Then consider joining the GPAC Presenters Circle! Membership consists of an annual gift of at least $1,000 with a 3-year commitment. Members are prominently recognized throughout the season as part of a special circle of supporters who share our passion for the Arts and recognize the value GPAC brings to our community. Members are acknowledged with exclusive private events and public recognition. Most importantly, your commitment for the next three years will help secure the future of the Arts at GPAC.

For additional information contact:

Deni Hirsh
Director of Development
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Sponsorships

Sponsorship: GPAC sponsorships are an excellent way to promote your business and cultivate community recognition as a supporter of the Arts. Performance sponsorships include:

- Day Sponsor - $1,750
- Show Sponsor - $5,000-$10,000
- Series Sponsor - $10,000
- Season Sponsor - $20,000

Each sponsorship is customized to benefit the sponsor as well as GPAC. Typically, benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Recognition (season program, lobby signage, website, marketing materials, and social media)
  • Complimentary tickets to GPAC performances, plus discounts for additional tickets
  • Invitations to donor receptions, including the GPAC Patron Lounge during performances

 

For additional information contact:

 

Deni Hirsh
Director of Development
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GPAC

1801 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN 38138
901-751-7500