Center Stage


Center StageSM is a groundbreaking cultural diplomacy initiative that connects foreign artists with American communities through the performing arts. Center Stage brings international performing artists in dance, music and theater to tour throughout the United States. The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts, develops and manages month-long tours for ensembles, comprised of public and school performances complemented by lectures, demonstrations, classroom visits, workshops, master classes and artist-to-artist exchanges.

Center StageSM supports cultural understanding between American and international communities. Participating artists experience the U.S. first hand and cultivate lasting relationships. The program supports the foreign policy goals of the United States.

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Program Length

Month long tours

Eligibility and Application Overview

Artist Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate high artistic quality and accomplishment;
  • Have an interest in engaging with U.S. communities, including youth;
  • Are comprised of two to nine ensemble members (artists and staff);
  • Have previous touring experience but have rarely been seen in the U.S.;
  • Have an ability to communicate electronically via email and/or Skype, and a working knowledge of English and/or access to translators.


Arts presenters and communities interested in hosting an ensemble are encouraged to contact Lisa Booth Management, Inc. at 212.921.2114 or

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