Mission: The mission of the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is to quarantee the citizens of Long Beach, CSULB students, faculty, and staff, and surrounding communities access to the entire spectrum of performing arts experiences through resident companies, arts outreach, and unique programming. History: Built in 1994, the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is a 1,074-seat theatre located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The stage area was modeled after the New York State Theater of the Arts at Lincoln Center, and can accommodate large or small performing ensembles, film screenings, concerts, conferences and other special events. Each season the Carpenter Center presents a variety of music, dance, family, comedy, and cabaret events, as well as commissions new works by some of the countrys leading artists and ensembles. With world premieres, Broadway favorites, and world-class artists, the Carpenter Center has something for everyone.