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Open Mic

Friday July 26 at 7pm

Discover the magic of live acoustic music hosted by talented Ventura songwriter, Henry Stewart! Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance, where local songwriters take center stage in a warm and professional atmosphere. With doors opening at 6:30 pm, sign up at 6:45, and the show starting at 7 pm, you’re in for a night of soul-stirring performances.

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Songwriter’s Workshop with Henry Stewart


Sunday July 28 at 2pm

Join songwriter Henry Stewart in a supportive workshop tailored for both seasoned songwriters and aspiring artists in Ventura. This inclusive space offers a platform to share and collaborate, fostering creativity and mutual support among participants in their songwriting journeys.

Coming Up

Comedy Ventura Improv Company Fri Aug 9 @ 7pm

Live Music Shawn Jones Sat Aug 24 @ 7pm


NAMBA – Uniting Communities Through the Power of Performance

Express yourself!

One of the largest selections of performing arts classes for adults in Ventura.

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Ventura Music Festival

Ventura Music Festival

Music Matters Summer Camp

July 22 through July 26

Does your child light up when they hear music? Imagine nurturing that spark into a lifelong passion! The Ventura Music Festival Camp isn’t just about learning notes – it’s about unlocking your child’s potential in a fun, enriching environment. Studies show music education builds stronger minds, with improved test scores and focus. But the benefits go beyond academics! Music fosters creativity, discipline, and social skills – essential tools for success in any field. This camp is the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music and set them on a path to a brighter future!

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Unity Theater Collective Summer Camp

A Celebration of OZ

July 29 through August 9

Are you looking for a summer program for your young one who likes to sing, dance and act. UTC’s 3 week summer camp offers your child an immersive program full of fun and self expression, featuring songs and scenes from Wicked and The Wizard of OZ. Directed by Claire Burgi. Performances on August 16.

  • Tuition $400
  • Ages 8 – 14
  • Mon-Fri, 9am to 3:30pm
  • Early drop off for additional fee
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Splash Awards Theatre Festival

2024 Season

Aug 30,31, Sept 1 and Sept 20, 21, 22

The Splash Awards Theatre Festival returns to the NAMBA Performing Arts Center for the 2024 season this August and September, showcasing top new talent and cutting-edge art. Join us for an unforgettable experience as we celebrate the best in contemporary theatre with inspiring performances that push boundaries and captivate audiences. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to witness the future of theatre unfold on stage!
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Focus on The Masters

Dates TBD

Speakers TBD

Focus on the Masters (FOTM) is a nonprofit arts education and appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists. We emphasize the importance of the arts to a healthy society.

Acting Classes

Acting for TV & Film with Ventura Studio (VAS) taught by Producer, Founder & Head Instructor Gina Nemo

All levels welcome! Mondays – Adults 5-7pm; Thursdays May 2 thru June 6 4-6pm

Call 805.322.8588 or email for info

Improv with Ventura Improv Company

The class is for all ages and levels of experience. The class is taught by members of the Ventura Improv Company. Whether or not you aspire to perform onstage, improvising has been proven to stimulate creativity and spontaneity. The class starts at 7pm and goes for approximately 90 minutes. $10.00 a class or 5 for $40.00

Flamenco with Wendy Castellanos

Littles at 5 pm

Adult Beginning at 6pm

Adult Intermediate at 7pm

Call Wendy (818) 620-0690

Broadway Dance with Steven Flores for Adults

Tuesdays 6 – 7:15 pm

Click here for details.

Beginning Belly Dance with Paulina

Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Click here for details.

Ballet All Levels

Warm-Up with Zena Rommet Floor Barre®

Sundays from 10:30 to 12 pm

Call Colleen (805) 746-4826

Adult Pointe class with Melissa Metcalf

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm; email Melissa for deets

Julia Campbell Namba (1936 – 2022) shares the compelling back story of how NAMBA Performing Arts Space came to be, as a legacy project by and for her late husband, Ben Namba (1930 – 2020).

Like Julia, Ben was a generous & longtime supporter of the arts in Ventura, California and elsewhere.

Namba Performing Arts Space is dedicated to nurturing and showcasing performing arts in our community. NAMBA provides an intimate space in which to collaborate, rehearse, educate and stage shows and cultural events.

 Founded in 2014, Namba Performing Arts Space, Inc. is a 501c3 organization. Please join us in supporting the arts in our community; sponsor a show, workshop or series; become a member; share your talent/culture or come to see a show. NAMBA looks forward to hosting you!


As we return to theaters and live events, the well-being of our patrons, artists, staff members and community is paramount. Protocols for attending in-person events are developed in conjunction with evolving state, and local health guidelines. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as these change frequently as COVID conditions evolve.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending Namba Performing Arts Space, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.