Downtown Erie Theater and Performing Arts Center

PACA - Erie's Performing Arts Collective Alliance - is an uncommon non-profit. Our mission has been to create a self-sustaining and taxpaying arts and education-based public entity in our community, and we are succeeding. In six short years, thanks to community-wide support, PACA has become a unique hybrid that not only supports the entrepreneurial efforts of emerging artists and produces award-winning theatre, but is also revitalizing a historic downtown property and bringing labor and tourism dollars into the heart of the city.

PACA's home, the historic Meyer building in downtown Erie, is home to 35 artist-tenants, including sculptors, photographers, painters, craftsmen, and musicians of all types.

All of this comes together in an architecturally significant 120-year-old building on its way to being on the National Register of Historic places. The massive improvements are a full-time job, and the work has not gone unnoticed. PACA was recognized with this year's Preservation Erie Award for their efforts.


Long Day's Journey Into the Night
By Eugene O'Neil
Directed by J.D. Mizikowski
March 8-23, 2024

Decision Height
By Meredith Dayna Levi
Directed by Lisa Simonian
April 19-May 5, 2024

Getting Out
By Marsha Norman
Directed by Betsy Butoryak
May 31-June 16, 2023


Closer Than Ever
Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Directed by Craig Schneider
July 12, 13, 14, 2024

Inside the PACA Building

Erie Clayspace
Erie ClaySpace
Pottery/Ceramics Studio & Classroom
City Gallery
Art Gallery
Michael Tkach
Fine Art Photography
Rick Klein
Rick Klein Photography
Portraits / Theater & Dance / Headshots
Kenny Sturm
Kenny Sturm Photography
Rachel Wilson
Painting Classes and Team Building Events
(814) 636-7044
Daniel J Ambrose
Daniel's Marble Marvels
Hot Glass
Joseph Popp
Joseph Allen Popp's Frameworks
Art Framing and Fine Art Handling
Aaron Davis
Greyscape Laboratories
Electronic Music / Electronic / Synthesizer Circuit Creation

Thank you to our PACA THEATRE Sponsors

Erie Arts and Culture - The Erie Community Foundation - ECGRA - Erie Insurance - Erie Reader


Apr 19, 2024 - May 5, 2024

From the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival comes this story about friendship and the complex though ess...

Apr 21, 2024

Live original music at PACA! Join the live studio audience or watch online. Free admission!

Attend in-person at 1505 State Street, Erie, PA
Doors: 5:30pm • Show: 6:00pm
Free ...

May 31, 2024 - Jun 16, 2024

Arlene Horsclaw is out of prison, paroled after spending eight years following a murder conviction. Her eight years did ...


Offering shows year-round, be sure to make any date a night to remember with dinner and a show at PACA. With extraordinary performances and breathtaking sets, we strive to make your theatrical experience something you'll always remember.

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