DSI COMEDY THEATER, CARRBORO
Boasting a local company of more than 50 performers in the Triangle region, DSI entertains audiences with its energetic and devoted take on improvisational and comedy theater. Located close to Chapel Hill, the company is home of DSI Communication, a corporate training, leadership development and team-building organization, and DSI Comedy School, which offers classes in the art of improvisation, stand-up and sketch comedy.
Executives, teachers and other groups learn key improvisation techniques to think on their feet, create new ideas effortlessly, actively listen to others, and work productively inside team environments.
CAROLINA THEATRE, GREENSBORO
Considered the finest theater between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta when it opened on Halloween night in 1927, this former vaudeville palace quickly earned billing as “The Showplace of the Carolinas.” Originally boasting 2,200 seats, the venue was a hub of Greensboro nightlife until its decline starting in the 1960s.
Saved from the wrecking ball by a community group, the theater shines on today as a 1,075-seat performing arts facility, hosting a full schedule of concerts, comedy, community theater, dance and other events. Also available for group rental, it is among Greensboro’s most enchanting spaces.
“Hosting dozens of private events, including meetings, corporate functions, weddings and church gatherings each year, the Carolina is as timeless as she is beautiful, providing the perfect mix of historic and state-of-the-art features,” says Meagan Kopp, director of marketing and public relations for the theater. “At 85 years old, the atmosphere and ambience of the Carolina Theatre just can’t be duplicated.”
STEVENS CENTER, WINSTON-SALEM
Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, this beautifully restored silent theater from 1929 now serves as the primary performing arts center for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera Theatre, and several other local and state arts organizations.
“The Stevens Center is within easy walking distance of the Benton Convention Center, the arts district, numerous popular restaurants and clubs, and major downtown hotels,” says Katharine Laidlaw, executive producer at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which owns the theater.
Also featuring international stars such as Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Alison Krauss and Garrison Keillor, the Stevens Center has 1,380 seats on two levels offering superb sightlines and exceptional acoustics.
“In addition to an on-site restaurant, the Stevens Center offers the convenience of a private dining room that can accommodate receptions, dinners, or special events for up to 125 guests,” Laidlaw says.