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Performing Arts Center

Destined to be a campus focal point in the years to come, the ambitious and comprehensive Performing Arts Center will include dedicated spaces for the fine and performing arts as well as spaces and technology to support creative interactions between the arts and other disciplines.

The Center will be named for Neil Prior ’56, who in February 2013 committed $25 million to support arts programs at the College.

Location: Behind Healy Hall (currently parking spaces)
Design firm: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Groundbreaking: TBD
Anticipated opening: TBD
Total cost: TBD

Features include:

  • A 400-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat studio theatre or flexible studio theatre and an art gallery among other amenities
  • Support space, including a scene shop, costume shop, and multi-use spaces to encourage collaboration among the arts
  • A high-technology “beehive” space that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines, including:
    • A shared multimedia space for sound recording, sound editing, video editing, film, and lighting and set design
    • Collaborative work spaces, multipurpose rehearsal spaces, and gathering spaces with movable furniture
  • Cantor Art Gallery, which will be moved from its current location in O’Kane Hall, affording a variety of interdisciplinary exhibits and increased exhibition space
  • Several outdoor amenities, including four distinctive courtyards; a small amphitheater; an outdoor teaching/workspace; a meditative garden; and a sculpture garden

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