Welcome to the Prior Performing Arts Center

 A catalyst for creativity and learning, the Prior Performing Arts Center amplifies the arts at Holy Cross and provides the College, the greater Worcester community, and visiting creative thinkers with an inspiring environment to pursue diverse questions of the human experience.

202425 Season

With their extraordinary artistry and their willingness to defy disciplinary boundaries, the internationally acclaimed artists of the 202425 season embody our vision for artist residencies at the Prior Performing Arts Center. Their performances and lectures offer an exhilarating complement to the creativity and innovation of emerging student artists and Holy Cross faculty and staff also featured in our season this year. 

On Sale August 2024

About Prior Presents

Prior Presents is the keystone of the Prior Performing Arts Center’s public-facing programming, merging thrilling live events by visiting artists with robust educational and outreach activities. Defined by exceptional artistic quality, interdisciplinary impulses, and the potential to spark both wonder and reflection, this annual series celebrates artistic risk-taking and the exchange of ideas and perspectives from around the globe. Short- and long-term visiting artist residencies include performances, artist talks, installations, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities for Holy Cross students and the greater Worcester community. Creative residencies, which provide artists with time and space to develop new work, make an essential contribution to the broader arts ecosystem and provide on- and off-campus community members with a window into intimate aspects of the creative process.

Welcome, Worcester. Welcome, World.

The Prior Performing Arts Center is an uncommon commons for transformative experiences with the arts. With dynamic programming and striking architectural design, the Prior supports arts-based collaboration among faculty and students across academic disciplines; offers technical capabilities to ignite the imaginations of world-class visiting artists and students alike; and provides new avenues for leveraging the positive power of the arts for broad audiences and through civic and community partnerships. The center affirms the College’s investment in Worcester’s recent citywide plan for arts, culture, and community and serves as a beacon of artistic excellence in the region.

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Art has the power to ignite the imagination, to transform thinking and to open a window to the world around us. With your support, we’ll infuse the arts into every aspect of the Holy Cross experience.