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Clemens Center Mission:

The purpose of the Clemens Center is to enhance the quality of life for all the region's residents by providing a diversity of excellent performing arts programming in a superior facility. 


About the Clemens Center

The Clemens Center’s Executive Director, Thomas Weidemann, will retire in early September 2015.  Weidemann, who has led the Center since 1983, is credited with managing the organization through three significant renovation projects that have transformed the Center into one of the most majestic performing arts facilities in central and upstate New York.   The Cultural Management Consulting Firm, Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates are conducting the Executive Director search process.  Applications for the position are being accepted through June 29, 2015.  Job Posting

Located in the central Southern Tier of New York State, the Clemens Center is the region's premier performing arts center with two spectacular performance spaces. Mandeville Hall is a flexible, "black box" venue suitable for intimate performances. The majestic Powers Theater is an architectural treasure that has been newly restored to its vaudevillian-era grandeur. Magnificent murals, gold-leaf details and reconstructed opera boxes now adorn the theater just as they did when it opened in 1925. The 1,618-seat Powers Theater has been called the most beautiful theater between New York City and Buffalo - it is truly awe-inspiring! The recent renovation included expanding the stage and upgrading technical equipment, making it possible for the Clemens Center to showcase the biggest and the best in live entertainment. From blockbuster Broadway shows and dazzling dance programs to rousing rock 'n' roll concerts and feel-good family entertainment, the Clemens Center excites and delights audiences of all ages!

The Clemens Center is the perfect place to connect with family and friends to create memorable performance experiences that enrich, inspire and even amaze you. Our programming reflects the diverse interests of audiences around the region whose lives are enriched by music, dance, theater, comedy and more. From on-line ticketing to courteous customer service and easy parking, you'll enjoy a hassle-free performance experience.

With the renovation and reopening of the Powers Theater, the Clemens Center is well-positioned as a highly valuable community asset rarely found in a city the size of Elmira, New York. Our mission extends beyond entertainment and into the community through school programs, subsidized facility rentals and other support programs that help thousands each year. Like the Arnot Art Museum and the National Soaring Museum, we are proud to contribute to the cultural richness of Chemung County, improving the quality of life for all who live in our area.

The Clemens Center annually leases space to more than 55 tenants in our facility. These tenants include the following performing arts organizations: Elmira Little Theatre, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Thursday Morning Musicales, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre, Common Time and New Heights Dance Theater. As "resident companies," these organizations provide community members with opportunities to perform on a professional theater stage.

Clemens Center Facts
  • The Clemens Center was formed in 1975, presented its first performances in the fall of 1977 and is now entering its 32nd season.
  • More than 100,000 Twin Tiers residents attend more than 100 professional and community performances in our facilities each year.
  • More than 15,000 students from pre-K through senior high experience live theater as a part of our annual Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series
  • More than 200 volunteers contribute nearly 10,000 hours each year working as ushers, concession operators, ticket takers, receptionists and Board/Committee members.
  • Clemens Center membership includes more than 1,700 individuals and more than 160 businesses.
  • The Clemens Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a full-time professional staff.
  • The Clemens Center uses community resources wisely - operations are within budget and our endowment is continually growing.