Excitement is building for the opening of the long-awaited Performing Arts Center in the heart of IUP’s main campus. Not only will the center join Fisher Auditorium and Waller Hall by means of a 20,000-foot addition, it will add a host of amenities to the university’s performing arts scene.
The center’s most dramatic feature will be its two-story atrium grand lobby, sheathed in glass to reflect the Oak Grove by day and reveal a glittering, gemlike setting by night. A new ticket office and concession area will welcome theatergoers, and space will be available for receptions, classes, rehearsals, and meetings.
Generations have sweltered in Fisher Auditorium—summer and winter—but now there will be air-conditioning throughout the entire complex. Both Fisher and Waller will have full wheelchair accessibility and greatly expanded restroom facilities. The audience’s experience will also be enhanced by Fisher’s new, state-of-the-art sound system and brighter, more welcoming reception areas.
Performers will find new dressing rooms, complete with restrooms and showers, with a seventy-five-person capacity. There will also be a locker room for road crews, two well-appointed dressing rooms fit for celebrity stars, and a new actors’ Green Room. An enclosed production receiving area with two loading docks will facilitate set-ups of shows and minimize vehicular and pedestrian traffic disruption.
Coming issues of IUP Magazine will feature the center’s opening. Meanwhile, additional information is at www.iup.edu/finearts.