The Chestnut Fine Arts Center opened its doors in May, 1998, as a sole proprietorship,
and it operated in a small one-room theatre. Throughout the next four years,
the Chestnut flourished and in July, 2002, became fully incorporated as a non-profit
organization within the state of Kansas and was granted 501(c) (3) status by
the Internal Revenue Service.
Located in Olathe, KS, the Chestnut was created to allow individuals to participate
in high quality, enriching arts activities, and is committed to furthering
the performing arts opportunities for adults and children in the Kansas City
metropolitan area. The Chestnut currently hosts a theatrical season of six
plays and/or musicals per year, in addition to sponsoring numerous children’s
workshops, talent shows, recitals, concerts, performances by the Dickens Carolers
and a vocal and piano educational studio.
The Chestnut has had huge growth and now entertains over
16,000 patrons annually. Several renovation projects have been completed on
the theatre space, adding more seating capacity, a larger lobby area, dressing
room facilities, and a technical booth.
In 1998, productions ran for two weeks. Runs were increased to three weeks
during the 2003-04 season, four weeks for the 2006-07 season, and 5 weeks for the 2009-2010 season. Season ticket holder numbers have risen
The Chestnut is proud of its top-quality
entertainment -- all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all performances.
Chestnut Board of Directors
Brad Zimmerman, Executive Director
Perry White, President
Dalene White, Treasurer
Maneesh Jhunjhunwala, Board Member
This program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation
deserves great art