For Presenters

Center Stage introduces Americans to artists of high artistic quality from nations and cultures we too seldom have access to, and supports presenting organizations, increasing your capacity to host international work.

Through performances, workshops, discussions, artist jams, and community gatherings, Center Stage ensembles engage with audiences and share their experiences globally onstage, offstage and online.

Each ensemble’s independent month-long tour travels to four to seven communities around the country, and generally begins in Washington, DC, with a performance on The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, broadcast live via webcast.

Exchange is Key

  • Minimum half-week and maximum full week residences (generally no single performance engagements).
  • Residency activities may include hosted meals, sightseeing, jam sessions with local artists, and attending performances, as well as master classes, workshops, and student and public performances.
  • Dynamic marketing, promotion, and social media campaigns draw artists, host presenters, community members, fans, and audiences together to boost access, outreach, and visibility.
  • Extensive press coverage and online engagement invite many more into the worldwide conversation.

What center stage provides

As General Manager, Lisa Booth Management, Inc. provides tour scheduling, residency planning, artist care, logistics, production and backline coordination, on-tour staff, and 24/7 tour oversight.

Excellent marketing, public relations, and contextual materials complement and boost international, national and local efforts.

Center Stage underwriters and manages international and domestic travel, visas and federal and state tax requirements.

Ensembles travel with a U.S.based company manager (who serves as translator when needed) and production support.

Presentation Fees
Fees for groups from Tanzania and Algeria traveling in the Fall of 2016 : $20,000 per week; $11,000 for a half-week residency. Groups from Pakistan touring in Spring 2017: $25,000 for a full week and $13,500 for a half week. Host presenters also provide hotel rooms; venues, technical, box office and front of house needs for performances and activities; local coordinating costs; local marketing and promotion; and artist hospitality (receptions, sightseeing, etc.)


Lisa Booth Management, Inc
Lisa Booth, President, & Deirdre Valente, Vice-President

past presenters 

Academy of Music – Northampton, MA

Akron International Friendship – Akron, OH

Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation – Birmingham, AL

American Dance Festival – Durham, NC

AMP Concerts/¡Globalquerque! – Albuquerque, NM

Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor, MI

Arts Brookfield – New York, NY

Asia Society – New York, NY

Asia Society Texas Center – Houston, TX

Baryshnikov Arts Center – New York, NY

Bay Chamber Concerts – Rockport, ME

Boothbay Opera House – Boothbay Harbor, ME

Bossa Bistro/Multiflora Productions – Washington, DC

Bucknell University, Weis Center for

the Performing Arts – Lewisburg, PA

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA

Central College – Pella, IA

Coker College – Hartsville, SC

College of Saint Benedict & Saint

John’s University – St. Joseph, MN

Colorado Mountain College – Breckenridge, CO

Connecticut College, On Stage – New London, CT

Dance Place – Washington, DC

Dancing in the Streets & Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education – The Bronx, NY

Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts – Hanover, NH

Duke University, Duke Performances – Durham, NC

Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA

Everett: Company, Stage, and School – Providence, RI

Fall for Dance, City Center – New York, NY

FirstWorks – Providence, RI

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts – Burlington, VT

Friar’s Club – New York, NY

Great Plains Regional Puppet Festival – West Liberty, IA

Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA

Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts – Helena, MT

Hibernian Hall – Roxbury, MA

Huntington Arts Council – Huntington, NY

Inner-City Muslim Action Network – Chicago, IL

International Festival of Arts & Ideas – New Haven, CT

Irving Arts Center – Irving, TX

Johnson County Community College – Overland Park, KS

Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA

Juniata College, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts – Huntingdon, PA

Kelly–Strayhorn Theater – Pittsburgh, PA

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Washington, DC

Lafayette College, Williams Center for the Arts – Easton, PA

(Le) Poisson Rouge/Ariz, Inc. – New York, NY

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – New York City, NY

Madison World Music Festival – Madison, WI

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts – North Adams, MA

Monkeyhouse Dance – Somerville, MA

Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL

Portland Performing Arts Festival/One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME

Portland Ovations – Portland, ME

REDCAT – Los Angeles, CA

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – West Palm Beach, FL

Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond, VA

River to River Festival (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) – New York, NY

Rockingham Arts and Museum Project – Bellows Falls, VT

Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY

Roots Cultural Center – Providence, RI

Samford University, Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center – Birmingham, AL

Sandywoods Center for the Arts – Tiverton, RI

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Scottsdale, AZ

Silvermine Arts Center – New Canaan, CT

Small Town Concert Series – Chester, CT

Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Miami, FL

University of Akron – Akron, OH

University of California, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts – Davis, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara Arts and Lectures – Santa Barbara, CA

University of Dayton – Dayton, OH

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music – Denver, CO

University of Florida Performing Arts – Gainesville, FL

University of Houston/Rajput Media – Houston, TX

University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium – Iowa City, IA

University of Nebraska, Lied Center for the Performing Arts – Lincoln, NE

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, NC

University of San Diego, ArtPower! – San Diego, CA

Upright Citizens Brigade – New York, NY

Virginia Tech Center for the Arts – Blacksburg, VA

Washington University, Edison Theater – St. Louis, MO

Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA

Wesleyan University, Center for the Arts – Middletown, CT

WobeonFest – Austin, TX

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA