Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts
The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts transformed the former Mainstage Theater built in 1958 into a new focal point for the university’s North Campus. A centerpiece of the theater program, the facility provides a contemporary theater for faculty and student performances and for the use of the larger community. The public enters the glass and perforated metal structure via an exterior courtyard leading to a lobby and art display area. Retaining the existing shell of the building, the redesigned center houses a 490-seat theater notable for its intimate feel and good sight lines. The building includes a balcony, rehearsal room, and performance support spaces.
The building is on track to obtain LEED Silver certification for its energy efficiency and other sustainability features, including recycling 60 percent of demolition debris during the renovation.