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About Us

We are not your average Performing Arts Center.

We will not be bringing in large touring acts to perform for you and drain your wallets; there are plenty of larger venues for that. We want to share with you the wonderful array of talent that your friends and neighbors have to offer, along with some regional artists to perform too!

Our focus is also to educate: We want YOU to take part in the experience too… not only as audience members but as creators as well!

Join our flock!


Local, regional and national artists will fill the center with their talents!


  • The admission price will be of nominal cost or funded by sponsor donations.

  • Music clinics, lectures, exhibitions and “jam” sessions will be held at little or no cost.

  • Space for private functions will be available to rent.


Ballet, Ballroom, Square Dancing and more!


  • There will be open areas for rehearsals and performances in various styles.

  • Programs and recitals will be presented in the main hall by and for local artists.

  • Regional and national troupes will be hosted for clinics and master classes.


Dramatic performances!


  • Plays, poetry readings, storytelling, comedy and musicals will be rehearsed and/or presented within the facility.

  • Educational presentations on Stage Crafts such as: Theatrical Lighting/Sound techniques, Set design/fabrication, Stage Management, Costume Fabrication, Stage Combat, etc.


Aaannd, ACTION!


  • Regional digital and film producers will present their programs with Q & A afterword.

  • Classes will be offered to budding film makers in pre-production, production and post-production standards and editing techniques.

  • Lectures from film and digital greats… would be GREAT!

(Hey! Steven Spielberg frequently moors his yacht in New Bedford Harbor!)…

… Just Sayin’!

The Shepherd Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3), Nonprofit, Public Charity.
If you would like to support our efforts to have
a truly “Community-Focused” Performing Arts Center

↓  Volunteer or make a donation here  ↓


Meet Our Board of Directors!

President – Bryon Knight

Secretary – Mary Beth Soars

Treasurer – John Mota Sr. 

Glenn Berthiaume – Operations Director 

Dave McKinley – IT

Jason Dana DeCosta

Aaron Dore