Chris Gilbert performed at the Norris Theatre while attending Rolling Hills High School. After receiving a BA in Communications and MFA in Theater, he has performed on stage and as a host for benefits and galas at PVPA. He has also written plays and appeared in films, television and commercials. After sales and marketing experience elsewhere, he is now producing the professional stage productions at the Norris Theatre. His father was a Rotarian in Michigan, so he reviewed the Rotary Four-Way Test on the role of the Norris.

PVPA produces its own professional plays and musicals, including directors, technical crew, casting, and designing and building of sets. It also presents high-quality stage productions from throughout the country. It brings well-known musicians and ensembles for Cabaret-style performances, with reserved table seating, catered meals, bar and dance floor. The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay presents classical concerts. Rock, pop and country performers are scheduled. The Norris is also a multipurpose venue for community events.

The PVPA is involved in community outreach to introduce students to the fine arts, develop children’s appreciation and enrichment in dance, singing, music and acting, and recruit future performing talent. A new building is planned for young people.

Attending performances, buying season subscriptions and/or joining one of the support groups helps to sustain this valuable community resource. As a nonprofit organization, it also depends on the caring and generosity of businesses and community members to maintain its tradition of excellence. The Palos Verdes Performing Arts 2016-17 Season brochure can be downloaded at