Downtown is a hotbed for live theater with 10 different locations that feature local theater troupes, touring Broadway shows, and the critically acclaimed Kansas City Repertory Theatre. In addition to the permanent theaters, the annual KC Fringe Festival (every July) makes use of a long list of traditional and nontraditional locations for 10 days of creative performing arts.

To explore the Downtown theater scene, check out the The Coterie, FishtankFolly TheaterFringe Festival, Kansas City Rep at the Copaken StageKauffman Center for the Performing Arts, The Living Room, Music Hall, Musical Theater Heritage (Crown Center) and Quality Hill Playhouse.