the belt performing arts center

bringing the performing arts 

to rural central Montana

The Belt performing arts center's mission is to advance youth, amateur and professional performing arts productions while enriching the lives of rural central Montana residents through exposure and participation in the performing arts.

Our goals are to provide a home stage for the Belt Valley Shakespeare Players, a summer stage for  the belt theater academy's community players, and to  provide an essential and affordable gathering place for our school and rural community through the use of our theater stage, conference and ballroom spaces.

Our center is dedicated to the preservation of the historic Knights of Pythias Castle building.  After twenty  years of dedicated effort in raising the funds necessary to restore this iconic building, serious renovation and reconstruction began in 2016 and was completed in May 2018. 

The Center will provide a well-appointed performing arts venue for the benefit of residents and visitors to central Montana. 

Our Board of Directors

The Belt Performing Arts Center is led by an all-volunteer Board of local residents with a love of live performing arts and a dedication to the preservation of the historic knights of pythias castle.

The Belt Theater Company’s current board of directors and officers:


Carlen C. Keaster, President                 Certified Public Accountant, anderson ZurMuehlen

James M. Olson, Vice President             City of Belt Mayor and retired federal contracting officer

Casey R. Dawson, Treasurer                   AVP/Wealth Mgmt Trust Specialist, First interstate bank                                                                                                                                     

Amy L. Olson, Secretary                           Retired Federal Contracting Officer

Elizabeth Harrison                                    Asst. Director, Belt Valley Shakespeare Players

Steve Keaster                                                 Contractor/Builder, Keaster Construction

Dave Anderson                                             OWNER/OPERATOR, OTTER CREEK RANCH


Gary Gray                                                       President Emeritis