Located in the heart of Bucks County, Zlock Performing Arts Center, a part of Bucks County Community College, hosts musical and theatrical performances, conferences and educational events throughout the year. A space to enjoy artistic expression close by in Newtown. 

A cornerstone of Bucks County's cultural scene

The venue provides cultural enrichment and a diverse array of shows from classic plays to cutting-edge contemporary productions. Zlock Performing Arts Center hosts both local talent and renowned performers from near and far. 

Zlock Performing Arts Center History and Offerings

Bucks County Community College announced in October 2014 that the Gateway Auditorium would be renamed in honor of Kevin Zlock, founder and managing partner of Zlock & Coverdale, P.C., and his wife Sima, for their generous support of the college.

The Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center offers exceptional staging, lighting, and acoustics in an intimate 339-seat theater. The venue is located at the Bucks County Community College Newtown Campus, just 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. It was built originally in 1971 and upgraded in 2000. The venue is also available to rent on a limited basis to external for-profit and non-profit groups and organizations.

Access to the Arts for Everyone

The Zlock Performing Arts Center accommodates the needs of individuals with physical disabilities. The theatre provides seats for patrons with limited mobility, accommodation for Personal Care attendants, as well as Assisted Listening technology.

Accessible seats are available for people with mobility disabilities and their companions. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices and people who cannot climb steps, or walk long distances are permitted to purchase Accessible Seats. People who cannot sit in a straight back chair due to their disability, or whose service dogs cannot lie safely in the aisle are also permitted to purchase Accessible Seats. 

Government-funded or paid personal care attendants are provided with complimentary admission to events. For people with hearing impairments, Zlock Performing Arts Center offers T-Coil technology loop that covers the entire inner theater and additional bodypack listening devices are available in the lobby of the theater from the house manager. 

Joscho Stephan

Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm

His roots lie in Gypsy Swing music, the style pioneered in the 1930s by the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Joscho Stephan has not merely absorbed this music, but also interprets it on the highest level and is actively engaged in extending its boundaries. Despite his youth, after four highly acclaimed CDs and a DVD he has played his way into the illustrious circle of the finest Gypsy Swing musicians in the world.

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Bucks County's ParaCon! – 1st Annual Paranormal Conference

Saturday, March 9, 12 pm

Ghosts, Bigfoot, UFO’s and more!! A one-day event (12pm-7pm) with host Eric Mintel and team member spirit medium Dominic Sattele will hold a paranormal convention at Bucks County Community College. Vendors will be in the adjoining theater lobby area. Speakers thru the day. Special Guest Speaker Nick Pope, Host of History Channel’s Ancient Aliens!

1-1:45pm Jim Krug
2-2:45pm Eric and Dom
3-4pm Nick Pope
4:15 – 5pm Bill Birnes
5:15- 6pm  Tom Carey
6:15- 7pm Eric Spinner

Cultural Streaming Series – Tony Allen – Tribute to Art Blakey

March 14, 12:15 pm

Take in recorded video performances of leading classical and jazz artists, ensembles, and orchestras from around the world in the comfort of the Zlock Performing Arts Center.

Tony Allen vibrantly commemorates one of his greatest inspirations: drummer and composer Art Blakey, founder of Jazz Messengers, and an unparalleled musician in the history of jazz. Enjoy an exceptional evening with inventive arrangements revisiting the brilliant success of the great American drummer!

Nigerian drummer and composer Tony Allen is considered the founding father of Afrobeat. He invented this rhythm at the end of the 60s alongside Fela Kuti, with whom he recorded more than thirty albums. Pursuing a solo career, the drummer expands his musical horizons with electro, rock, Malian music, hip-hop, jazz, with celebrated artists including Seun Kuti, Manu Dibango, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Oumou Sangaré, and Damon Albarn.  60 Min. Streaming previously recorded concert. Free and Open to Public.

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Rock the Zlock! ft. Sick Century

March 15, 7 pm

All ages rock show featuring three of Eastern PA’s best rock bands. Sick Century/Crooked Ways/Lives Lost. Doors open at 6:30 and the first band starts at 7 pm.

That Old Black Magic

March 23, 7:30-9:30 pm

The Baritone showman of Bucks County, Keith Spencer, presents an entertaining, performance is a bluesy and sentimental tribute through some of the most recognizable standards of the American Songbook brought to life by African American greats, such as Nat “King” Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman. Familiar songs, including “Route 66,” “Love Me or Leave Me,” “Lush Life,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Birth of the Blues,” will be performed, among many other standards. Keith is backed by a sizzling five-piece jazz ensemble featuring some of the most-talented instrumentalists in the region. Come and get enchanted by That Old Black Magic!

8th Annual Bucks Blues Explosion!

April 5, 7:30 pm – 10 pm

GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It’s a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect. “We make records that we would want to listen to,” says guitarist Matt Stubbs. “It’s our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love.” Stubbs and guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. It’s no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Charts.
Local blues artist Deb Callahan opens the evening! Presented in partnership with the Bucks County Blues Society.

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