Gleason Performing Arts Center

Gleason Performing Arts Center

Gleason Performing Arts Center


Among the first places new Florida Tech students visit for orientation and the last place they see before walking over to the university gymnasium for graduation, Gleason Performing Arts Center has spent its over 55 years as an unobtrusive but essential facet of campus life.

As a host of events, from concerts and lectures to plays and films, the 483-seat venue named after benefactor W. Lansing Gleason, the former Eau Gallie mayor, has also been a key link between the public and Florida Tech.

When it officially opened on Oct. 14, 1967, Gleason was described in publicity materials as “one of the finest and most fully equipped private auditoriums in Brevard County.” Over the years, that distinction continues to strengthen.

After many years of upgrade projects and upgrades. Now hosting near daily events for the campus and community Gleason has become a beacon of artistic development with boundless potential.

For more information contact: or call the box office at (321)-674-8006


Upcoming Public Performances:

Firefall - Saturday, December 9th - 8:00pm at Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Tech

Firefall Bio: Firefall is the classic American country rock band that formed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. It was founded by Rick Roberts, former member of the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock Bartley, who had been Tommy Bolin's replacement in Zephyr. The band's biggest hit single, "You Are the Woman", peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard chart in 1976. Other hits included "Just Remember I Love You" (#11 in 1977), "Strange Way" (#11 in 1978), "Cinderella" (#34 in 1977), "Headed for a Fall" (#35 in 1980), and "Staying with It" (#37 in 1981).

Firefall’s GREATEST HITS satisfied many fans who’d been asking for a collection of the band’s best known songs – all their hit 45s and a handful of the choicest LP tracks, plus a new, previously unreleased Firefall recording penned by co-founder Jock Bartley and is titled “Run Run Away.”

Firefall performs at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Gleason Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 9th, 2023, at 8 pm,  as part of BMG Concerts and Regalitos Foundation’s 30 year effort to bring national and international artists to Brevard county stages.

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Gleason "Name Your Seat" Program

In an effort to grow with the expanding campus, a campaign themed "Name Your Seat" has been launched. This campaign gives donors the opportunity to be part of Florida Tech's history.

You can support the Gleason Performing Arts Center by making a donation to the "Take Your Seat" campaign.

In return, your name, or a name honored by you, will be inscribed on a brass plaque attached to a seat inside the Gleason Performing Arts Center.

For more information: Name Your Seat in the Gleason Performing Arts Center

Questions/Comments for the Gleason Performing Arts Center? 

You can contact us by calling (321) 674-8006.

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