Partners and Performing Organizations

Artistic Dance Academy (ADA) was founded in 1963 by Ellen O’Quinn, a principal and soloist with the Metropolitan Opera House in West Germany. The school better known at that time as Ellen O’Quinn School of Dance. Mrs. O’Quinn retired in 1985. Her daughter, Patricia O’Quinn-Warren became the director and the school became known as Artistic Dance Academy. Patricia was trained by her mother in early years. She later studied with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, the N.C. School of the Arts and the Cusack Ballet in Los Angeles. Warren has performed throughout the United States and abroad.

Artistic Productions in coordination with ADA produces an annual event at the Paramount titled Dance for Christ(DFC). DFC is a ministry used to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through dance. The production features various genres of dance-ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Dancers become the vessels which put God in the spotlight. As believers, the mission is to bring honor and praise to Jesus Christ and to open up the hearts and minds of non-believers to God’s word in a way that is both relevant and truthful. Each dance piece tells a story or demonstrates God’s unfailing love and mercy.

Learn more about these organizations at or call (919) 735-7008.

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from ADA:

“At The ARTS Company, we believe that in order to make a difference, you have to be different. Our goal is to not only offer professional ARTS instruction and opportunities, but to also empower our students to make a positive impact in their community. We seek to honor and glorify God in all that we do. Our teachers are professionally trained. We believe that quality training in the ARTS enables students to excel in academics and sports, while boosting self confidence and a compassion for one another, regardless of cultural backgrounds. One more thing, we also have a lot of FUN!”

Learn more about The ARTS Company at or call (910) 267-0425

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from The ARTS Company:

Center Stage Theatre (CST) is Goldsboro’s longest running community theatre; established in 1978, CST has presented hundreds of productions for the Greater Goldsboro area . CST now presents a season of shows each year at the Paramount Theatre with occasional smaller productions being held at other venues. CST now performances an annual production of A Christmas Carol every December at the Paramount.

CST is a wonderful all-ages community theatre organization with a great sense of togetherness. Parents have watched their children grow on stage. Those new to the Goldsboro area often find it an excellent way to meet new friends with similar interests. Many years of hard work have gone into the success of CST with the hope of continuing for many years to come.

Learn more about Center Stage Theatre at or call (919) 429-9278

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from Center Stage Theatre:

The Paramount Theatre Foundation has had an amazing partnership with ECU’s School of Theatre & Dance for quite a few years. In partnership, the organizations have brought many performances to the Paramount stage including ECU’s Symphony Orchestra, the annual “Dance @ Wright” performance featuring a wide variety of dance, and theatrical productions including ECU’s full summer theatre program.

Learn more about East Carolina University’s School of Theatre & Dance at

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from East Carolina University:

Goldsboro Ballet is a non-profit dance organization whose mission is to produce quality ballet performances for the Goldsboro-Wayne County area. Their dancers are from the greater Wayne County and surrounding areas, and are committed to the art of ballet. Goldsboro Ballet was conceived in 1982 as Goldsboro Civic Ballet, with an Advisory Board of 10 interested citizens. In 1997, the organization became known as Goldsboro Ballet as the growth and quality of performances grew away from the simplicity of a civic production. Goldsboro Ballet provides exposure for dancers by bringing in guest artist for guest performances, choreography and workshops. The Ballet Company proudly produces three annual public performances including their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet.

Learn more about Goldsboro Ballet at or call (919) 778-0888

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from Goldsboro Ballet:

Ms. Robin’s has been an established business serving Mount Olive and the surrounding areas for the past 20 years. The teachers are professionally trained and have multiple years teaching in a private studio setting.

They provide an environment that promotes healthy self esteem and encourages learning at all levels. The studio has three dance rooms and a fully equipped gymnastics facility. This allows for multiple classes to be offered daily and provides you with more convenient scheduling options. ​

The studio serves the whole family; offering a variety of classes for boys and girls ages 15 months to adult; and discounts are available for multiple students taking from the same family.

Learn mor about Ms. Robin’s at or call (919) 920-2965

Since 1939, each young woman who has been crowned “Miss Goldsboro” has served Goldsboro and Wayne County as a community service ambassador and role model for children, teens and young women. The Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss North Carolina and Miss America programs. The Miss America Scholarship Organization is the largest scholarship provider to young women in the world with over $45 million in educational scholarships made available to contestants each year. Each year, the new Miss Goldsboro and Miss Goldsboro’s Outstanding Teen compete in the Miss North Carolina Pageant in Raleigh.

The Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Association shares a commitment to guide, mentor, and prepare young women to not only succeed at the state and national level, but, most importantly, to become community-minded citizens who strive to achieve their full potential.

Learn more about the Miss Goldsboro program at

Founded by Goldsboro resident, Keith Peten, Premiere Entertainment presents an annual Memorial Day Weekend Music Festival at the Paramount Theatre which has included amazing artists like Yolanda Rabun, Marcus Anderson, and Nicholas Cole.

StageStruck has been a leader in providing local youth with a venue to experience the world of theatre and has been entertaining Wayne County since 1991. StageStruck is an affiliate of the Arts Council of Wayne County and a member of the American Association of Community Theatre. They receive funding each year from the NC Arts Council but are primarily supported in the community by ticket sales, grants, and sponsorships. StageStruck continues to be a parent-run organization with a Board of Trustees and a growing membership in Wayne and surrounding counties.

Find our more about StageStruck at or call (919) 736-4530

Upcoming Events at the Paramount from StageStruck:

Tippy Toes Dance Studio Inc is a top-notch studio for professional dance lessons in Princeton, NC. Our instructors are passionate about dancing and fully dedicated to sharing the experience with others.

“Our philosophy is inclusive: we have classes to suit all tastes, and we’re happy to accommodate students of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re looking to explore an entirely new hobby or wish to refresh some long-lost dance moves – with Tippy Toes Dance Studio Inc you’re always in good hands.”

Learn more about Tippy Toes Dance Studio at or call (919) 936-0098

 Founded in 1925 the United Way is an autonomous and independent organization governed by a local, volunteer Board of community members. Our accountability is to the people and businesses who invest in United Way of Wayne County. United Way of Wayne County has identified four focus areas that address gaps within our community: Education, Health & Wellness, Financial Responsibility, and Community Responsiveness. Each agency and program that United Way helps to fund must address one or more focus area and show positive, trackable outcomes each year.

United Way of Wayne County is a community organization working in collaboration with local non-profits to improve the lives of people in our local community.  Partnerships with local programs which meet established criteria of program accountability through outcome measurements and fiscal responsibility are supported by uniting people and resources to achieve the greatest impact on lives in Wayne County.

The United Way of Wayne County has focused on developing and implementing a Strategic Initiative Plan based on program outcomes. In sharing our successes we have shifted away from focusing on raising money to impacting lives and the long term impact that investments have for those living in Wayne County.

United Way Worldwide is a national service and training center for 1,800 local United Ways across the country. They provide training, research data, models of effective practices and other support to local United Ways. Local United Ways are not chapters of the national organization; they are governed by people in their own communities.