The Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts opened in 1989 with about 1 million square feet of space. Even though many of its spaces are used by state employees, the center is also home to the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre, three studio-style theatres, and a scenery and costume shop. These spaces have been managed by CAPA since 1994.
The Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre was originally named the Capitol Theatre, but was renamed in 2016 after the first woman speaker of Ohio’s House of Representatives. The theatre houses many CAPA presentations spanning comedy, music, dance, theatre, family entertainment and cultural programming. According to CAPA’s website, the theatre holds regular performances by the BalletMet, The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus, the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, and The Ohio State University Department of Dance. The studio theatres, which range in seating from 60-227, offer more intimate performance space for local groups.
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