This replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is located on the campus of Odessa College. A regional theatre, the Globe often employs professional actors and designers, but auditions for many roles are open to the community. The Globe's theatrical season runs with the calendar year, and its offerings include classic fare, including American authors, opera, European playwrights, and of course, a wide variety of Shakespeare's comedies and dramas. The Southwest Shakespeare Festival is the crown jewel of the Globe's season.. Each festival follows a theme and offers a Shakespeare play, a modern Shakespeare-related production, and a children's play. The festival runs in late August and early September.
The Permian Playhouse presents a main stage season of plays and musicals, plus a season of youth shows and a variety of off-season entertainments. One of the oldest arts organizations in West Texas, the Permian Playhouse strives to provide high quality, culturally diverse theatrical experiences and educational programs to enrich the lives of the people of the Permian Basin. The organization has fulfilled this mission since 1948 by presenting readings, plays, and musicals, some of which have received national recognition.
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is scheduled to complete construction at the end of 2011. The Center will be part of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and is located midway between Midland and Odessa at the intersection of State Highway 191 and FM 1788 north of the Midland International Airport. The Center will include an 1,800 seat performance hall, a 200 seat multi use recital hall, and space for an expanded music department at UTPB. The two balcony performance hall will offer excellent variable acoustics and high quality theater systems and design finishes. The recital hall is being designed to accommodate small group and ensemble performances as well as lectures, receptions and seated meal functions in an acoustically treated space.
Located in the heart of downtown, and completed in 1951, this unique Odessa Historic Landmark was restored in 2001. It features classic and art films, live theater and concerts. Admission charged for events. Texas Ave. & 5th St. - 432/332-6160 or 432/580-0898 or visit www.ectortheatre.net