About Us

President: Councillor Bernard Atha CBE

Leeds Arts Centre is an amateur drama group which was formed in 1945. We produce four plays a year – usually in February, March/April, May/June and October.

The Green Room also puts on events such as productions of short plays, workshops, theatre visits, play readings and social events. We are members of Leeds CAN – the Leeds Community Arts Network, formerly the Leeds Civic Arts Guild – which is a group of amateur theatre, musical, fine arts and opera companies based at the Carriageworks on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

New members are always welcome, and you don’t need any experience to join. As well as acting you could become involved with directing, production management, stage management, set and costume design and construction, supervising properties or costumes, prompting, sound recording and operation, lighting design, front of house management and publicity.

You do not have to audition to join, but you may be asked to audition to be in a play. If you want to act but are not ready for the main stage yet, you can participate in a Green Room production. All new directors are required to direct a Green Room production before directing a full-length play on the main stage.

Our members range in age from 18 to 80+ and we have a strong core of both younger and older members, who come from all walks of life and from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Leeds Arts Centre is run by a committee of members which is elected every year. We are a registered charity and are funded by the money we make from ticket sales and subscriptions, plus other fund-raising activities.

Rehearsals for productions take place in the Carriageworks. They usually start at 7.30pm and last for a couple of hours or so. Most productions have a rehearsal period of about six weeks, with rehearsals taking place on three or four nights a week.

Bernard Atha
Councillor Bernard Atha at the Leeds Arts Centre Annual General Meeting