Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center
Progress:
In
Construction
Additional Information
Project Cost: 
$20 million
Area: 
40,725 GSF
Architect(s): 
Westlake Reed Leskosky & Randall Scott Architects

The final project in the 2011 Campus Master Plan is a 40,725-square-foot performing arts center, to be built near the entrance of the campus at the corner of Main Street and MLK Jr. Avenue. The ingenious design of the center includes many multifunctional rooms to allow the center to be used as a teaching facility throughout the week as well as a venue for musical and theatrical performances. Plans call for the center to include:

  • 546-seat theater with proscenium stage, fly space, and orchestra pit 
  • 2,000-square-foot performance lab which can be used as an ensemble room, a classroom, a venue for small-scale productions and recitals, or a room for receptions or other social gatherings 
  • 2,000-square-foot practice room which can double as a classroom 
  • Scene shop with 18-foot ceilings so scenery can be built and stored there 
  • Costume shop which can double as a classroom 
  • Cast dressing rooms which can be reconfigured for classroom use 
  • Box office with an outside walk-up window for selling tickets prior to performances 
  • Spacious lobby area for patrons which can also be used for small recitals, dinners, or receptions

With its innovative design and state-of-the-art theater, UMHB’s performing arts center is certain to become a destination point where fine arts lovers from the surrounding communities can come to enjoy choral programs and theatrical productions along with members of the campus community.

Capital Campaign - Performing Arts Building