Performing Arts Center

The performing arts – theatre, dance and music – are central to a liberal arts education. Participation in the arts, whether as a performer or a member of the audience, compels us to be inventive in our lives and critical in our thinking. The arts challenge us to see both difference and interconnectedness. Indeed, they are at the heart of what defines us a fully human.

Standing across Pulteney Street from the Scandling Campus Center and next to the Quad and Medbery Hall, the Performing Arts Center will be a geographic intersection of culture and creativity for the HWS and Geneva communities. Engaging sensibilities and stretching imaginations, this facility will offer our students, faculty, staff, visitors and community members - both as performers and spectators - a living laboratory for active learning.

Performing Arts Center $7.0 million
Main Lobby and Atrium [Reserved]
Dance Rehearsal and Performance Space $2.0 million
Studio Theatre Performance Space $2.0 million
Theatre Arts Academic and Support Complex at Williams Hall $1.5 million
Choral Rehearsal Hall [Reserved]
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall $1.0 million
Dance Rehearsal Studio [Reserved]
Drama Rehearsal Studio (Williams Hall) $500,000
Theatre Classroom (Williams Hall) $300,000
Arts Green Terrace $250,000
Scene Shop $200,000
Scene Storage (Williams Hall) $200,000
Dance Changing Rooms [Reserved]
Dance Large Changing Room [Reserved]
Actors' Lounge/Green Room $100,000
Costume Suite (Williams Hall) $100,000
Dance Technical Directors' Suite $100,000
Dance Terrace $100,000
Lobby Terrace [Reserved]
Make-up and Dressing Rooms $100,000
Student-Faculty Lounge $100,000
Studio Theatre Terrace [Reserved]
Theatre Technical Directors' Suite $100,000
Furniture and Theatrical Property Storage (Williams Hall) $75,000
Music Collection [Reserved]
Lighting/Sound (Williams Hall) [Reserved]
Archives $50,000
Costume Preservation and Alteration Area $50,000
Dance Seminar Room $50,000
Digital Editing Lab $50,000
Ensemble Rehearsal Studio (3 reserved; 1 remaining @$50,000)
Keyboard Room $50,000
Percussion Studio [Reserved]
Administrative Office [Reserved]
Backstage Storage (Williams Hall) $25,000
Dance Faculty Office Space (2 reserved; 5 remaining @$25,000 each) $175,000
Media Equipment Room $25,000
Music Faculty Office Space (1 reserved; 6 remaining @$25,000 each)
Theatre Faculty Office Space (3 reserved; 2 remaining @$25,000 each)
Large Voice and Instrumental Practice Rooms [Reserved]
Coat Room $15,000
Catering Support Center $10,000
Voice and Instrumental Practice Rooms (8 reserved; 1 remaining @$10,000)

Performing Arts Center $7.0 million
Situated in a prominent location on Pulteney Street directly across from the Scandling Campus Center, the Performing Arts Center brings theatre, dance, and music into the physical and academic mainstream of campus and will foster a cross pollination between these academic departments. Comprised of a new stand-alone structure and expanded and renovated space within Williams Hall, this state-of-the-art complex will transform the way in which our students learn about, stage, and enjoy the performing arts. This truly dynamic space will support a thriving performing arts program and curriculum and become a vibrant destination point for the entire campus community.

Main Lobby and Atrium [Reserved]
This inviting and highly visible two-story space serves as the dramatic entryway to each of the academic and performance areas. Spacious and warmly appointed, the lobby will have the capacity to host both formal and informal gatherings, including the intermission crowds for simultaneous performances. The box office and concession area that will serve all of the performance venues will be tastefully incorporated in the open and comfortable space. A beautiful stairway will lead to the atrium with additional areas for student, faculty, and audience interaction.

Dance Rehearsal and Performance Space $2.0 million
Like its theatre counterpart, the Dance Rehearsal and Performance Space will significantly improve the experience of our dancers and their audience. For the first time, our student and guest performers will have space dedicated for their use and designed to their specifications. With 4,300 square feet and 30 foot ceilings, this flexible, airy space will also be technologically rich, with a Marley-style sprung stage, moveable seating that will allow for multiple staging configurations while maintaining optimal sight lines for audiences, and the latest audiovisual equipment to augment and enhance the company's practices and performances.

Studio Theatre Performance Space $2.0 million
One of two feature performance venues within the Performing Arts Center, the new two-story Studio Theatre will vastly enhance the experience for our theatre performers and audiences. Designed for maximum flexibility and featuring moveable seating and differing levels of pit fillers to allow for multiple staging configurations, the Studio Theatre can accommodate audiences as large at 187. It will give our students a laboratory in which they can experiment and grow artistically. The performance area will be furnished with performance draperies, platforms and traps and a crossover area for performers to enter and exit from and move behind the stage safely. With permanent lighting bridges and rigging, the technologically sophisticated Studio Theatre will able to host a wide variety of performances by students and guest artists.

Theatre Arts Academic and Support Complex at Williams Hall $1.5 million
With easy adjacency to the Studio Theater Performance Space in the Performing Arts Center, historic Williams Hall will be the new academic home for Theatre Arts. The exterior of Williams Hall will maintain its familiar architectural prominence on the Quad, while renovations to the interior spaces in the building will accommodate ample and appropriately-appointed areas for classrooms, a rehearsal studio, and workshops where students can perfect their craftsmanship in costume creation, set design and construction, and the technical operations that are the backbone of every successful performance.

Choral Rehearsal Hall [Reserved]
This 2,000 square foot area will provide, for the first time, dedicated rehearsal space for our choral students. Soaring ceilings and double-height windows will bring light into the rehearsal space and beckon passersby to witness the creative activity within the walls of the Performing Arts Center. The flexible, multi-functional choral rehearsal space can be configured to accommodate as many as 120 people, and with the addition of moveable stage steps, the rehearsal space can be transformed into an intimate recital hall.

Instrumental Rehearsal Hall $1.0 million
Like its Choral twin, this spacious rehearsal space will be equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video technology, as well as significant storage and acoustical advantages, such as sound locks that will allow our musicians to practice without disruption to students learning in adjacent classrooms or studios. The warm and inviting room can be easily arranged to accommodate an ensemble performance that simultaneously includes musicians as well as choral performers and will provide our music department with a dramatically enhanced area to hone performances.

Dance Rehearsal Studio [Reserved]
Flooded with natural light thanks to an abundance of large windows, which can be shielded for privacy, the dance studio will be equipped with a Marley-style sprung floor that is ideal for cushioning the repeated landings of our dancers as they practice and perfect their performances. The two-story dance studio will also be equipped with state-of-the art audiovisual equipment, acoustical buffers, and ample storage space for teaching tools and other dance equipment. This studio can also double as a green room for the Dance Performance space.

Drama Rehearsal Studio (Williams Hall) $500,000
Dedicated academic space for the theatre department is itself novel, but this new space will go far beyond a traditional classroom. Crafted in consultation with theatre department faculty, the Drama Rehearsal Studio will mirror the performance space and serve as the heart of the department. Seating arrangements will be flexible to allow students to rehearse for upcoming productions or their end-of-the-semester performances. The Drama Rehearsal Studio will enhance the collaborative learning that is distinctive of Hobart and William Smith.

Theatre Classroom (Williams Hall) $300,000
The theatre classroom will effectively foster meaningful interaction among students and their professors, supporting group work, open discussion and integration of smart technology, including projectors and screens, which will allow students and professors to review and evaluate recorded performances – their own or others.

Arts Green Terrace $250,000
On the east side of the Performing Arts building, a grassy area will naturally unite the new structure with Williams and Medbery Halls. This terrace, directly accessible from and leading into both the Theatre Green Room and the Lobby, will invite all community members toward a quiet, tranquil area, designed for creative contemplation and inspiration by performing arts patrons, actors, dancers, and musicians.

Scene Shop $200,000
This much-needed new addition for the theatre department will provide a workshop with proper equipment necessary for the safe and effective construction and painting of scenery and props.

Scene Storage (Williams Hall) $200,000
The Scene Storage area provides long-term, dedicated storage space and affords staff and student personnel a means of organizing and maintaining a large stock of scenery materials, including stock platforms and flats as well as other large items for use in productions staged in the Studio Theatre.

Dance Changing Rooms [Reserved]
Located beyond the crossover space at the back of the Dance Performance Space, these changing rooms were designed in consultation with the dance department and reflect the reality of liberal arts with students transitioning from chemistry to choreography class and back over the course of the day. With separate, private space for male and female faculty or guest performers as well as male students to shower and don or change costumes, and apply make-up, each area will be equipped with lockers and individual carrel-style lighting and mirror stations.

Dance Large Changing Room [Reserved]
This fourth, larger, changing area, will provide ample dressing space with both fixed and moveable stations that can accommodate individual dancers or a larger number of performers simultaneously

Actors' Lounge/Green Room $100,000
Equipped with built-in counter space to accommodate laptops, a flat-screen television to allow performers to monitor the activity underway on stage, and a sink, microwave, and soft seating, this welcoming and thoughtful space will offer our student and guest performers a respite when they are not required on stage. With large windows and a doorway to the adjacent terrace, this area will also easily double as community space and could be put to use as an ad-hoc classroom or meeting room.

Costume Suite (Williams Hall) $100,000
The imaginative process of costume creation will be fully supported in the Costume Suite, which will be equipped with cutting tables and a sewing station in a well-lit counter and cupboard-filled space. The theatre department's costume inventory is extensive, and this space, with a laundry facility, will ensure that between performances costumes receive a complete cleaning, any necessary repairs, and are stored properly.

Dance Technical Directors' Suite $100,000
Positioned perfectly above the studio theatre to maximize sight lines across the space, the Technical Directors' Suite will allow technical staff to provide discreet direction via a headphone system to stage managers and lighting engineers. The specialized control booth will feature cutting-edge audio and video equipment and access to the system of catwalks and lighting bridges that are above the studio theatre. The adjacent Dimmer Room will house the power racks for house and stage lighting. The separation of this heat-generating equipment from the control booth activity will allow for greater comfort and efficiency for behind-the-scenes staffers and the students for whom this area will serve as a hands-on instructional laboratory.

Dance Terrace $100,000
Like its theatre counterpart to the south, the dance terrace will be accessible from Pulteney Street. This outdoor area will also be connected to the Dance Performance area as well as the main Lobby and sits immediately adjacent to the Choral Rehearsal space.

Lobby Terrace [Reserved]
This prominent terrace will serve as the forecourt for the Pulteney Street entrance into the new Performing Arts Center. Leading directly into the Lobby, this terrace area will be beautifully landscaped; it will not only serve as an inviting and welcoming face to the campus community, but it will also provide a wonderful outdoor space for intermission and other social opportunities.

Make-up and Dressing Rooms $100,000
Designed in consultation with the theatre department professors and students, the Make-up and Dressing Room space will provide an ideal combination of both private and shared space. Independent male and female shower and dressing rooms will lead to a shared make-up area where the cast members' excitement about the impending performance can collectively swell. The make-up area will be equipped with lockers and individual carrel-style lighting and mirror stations.

Student-Faculty Lounge $100,000
Opportunities for spontaneous interaction between students and faculty will foster learning beyond formal teaching spaces. The Student-Faculty Lounge will provide soft seating that will encourage socialization and collaboration among students and between students and faculty before and between classes, practice sessions, or office hours. This area can also serve as flexible space for visiting or adjunct faculty.

Studio Theatre Terrace [Reserved]
With direct access from both the Studio Theatre and the Pulteney Street side of the building, this terrace is ideally situated to provide theatre goers with an outdoor reception area that is both intimate and informal.

Theatre Technical Directors' Suite $100,000
Positioned perfectly above the studio theatre to maximize sight lines across the space, the Technical Directors' Suite will allow technical staff to provide discreet direction via a headphone system to stage managers and lighting engineers. The specialized control booth will feature cutting-edge audio and video equipment and access to the system of catwalks and lighting bridges that are above the studio theatre. The adjacent Dimmer Room will house the power racks for house and stage lighting. The separation of this heat-generating equipment from the control booth activity will allow for greater comfort and efficiency for behind-the-scenes staffers and the students for whom this area will serve as a hands-on instructional laboratory.

Furniture and Theatrical Property Storage (Williams Hall) $75,000
This space will house the theatre department's collection of hand props and set decorations. Prop storage coordinators will have adequate space for cataloging, organizing, and displaying inventory to assist stage managers, scenic designers, and other production personnel in making selections for show staging.

Music Collection [Reserved]
Serving as the music department's library, the Collection room will provide neat organizational and storage space for scores of sheet music, CDs, and other recordings. With soft seating areas, listening booths, and study carrels, this ready-reference area will be ideally situated next to the studios and practice rooms.

Lighting/Sound (Williams Hall) [Reserved]
To the rear of the large theatre classroom, this secure storage area will dedicate storage space as well as ample work space for students learning to operate and maintain the lighting and sound equipment.

Archives $50,000
Adjacent to the Dance Seminar room, this space will house critical teaching tools for the dance department, providing a permanent space to catalog and store DVD and other visual resources that are a part of the departmental learning library.

Costume Preservation and Alteration Area $50,000
The imaginative process of costume creation will be fully supported in the Costume Suite, which will be equipped with cutting tables and a sewing station in a well-lit counter and cupboard-filled space. The dance department's costume inventory is extensive, and this space, with a laundry facility, will ensure that between performances costumes receive a complete cleaning, any necessary repairs, and are stored properly.

Dance Seminar Room $50,000
The plans for this space are a direct response to needs articulated by our dance department faculty for space where they can collectively gather to discuss curriculum, review and critique student or professional dance performances, and work and learn collaboratively.

Digital Editing Lab $50,000
Sandwiched between the Percussion Studio and the Keyboard Room, this technologically smart laboratory space will allow our music students to listen to and edit recordings of performances, including their own. Acoustically isolated, the lab will facilitate instruction about the role of technology in music composition and production, with no interference of and from neighboring practices and performances.

Ensemble Rehearsal Studio (3 reserved; 1 remaining @$50,000)
The studios will host an impressive inventory of instruments and serve as multi-use instructional spaces tailored to foster the development of the superb musicianship of our students. Soundproofed and equipped with multimedia audio and video equipment the studios will facilitate lecture, seminar, and hands-on instruction.

Keyboard Room $50,000
This adaptable space will accommodate not only faculty and students as teaching space but can also be employed as a recording room, thanks to its technological and acoustical appointments.

Percussion Studio [Reserved]
The largest of the music department's studios, the percussion studio will be equipped with a wide range of percussive instruments, from tom toms and tympanis to glockenspiels and xylophones. In addition to providing instructional space, this studio can also host small ensemble practices.

Administrative Office [Reserved]
Located on the second-floor adjoining the faculty offices for music, dance, and theatre, the Administrative Office will be the hub of the day-to-day operations in support of the academic departments.

Backstage Storage (Williams Hall) $25,000
To the rear of the large theatre classroom, this secure storage area will dedicate storage space for backstage equipment and materials.

Dance Faculty Office Space (2 reserved; 5 remaining @$25,000 each) $175,000
Freeing our faculty from cramped, shared offices spread throughout campus, the Performing Arts Center will provide generous space for offices that are located adjacent to performance spaces and that accommodate one-on-one interaction between faculty and students with room for individual instruction and performance.

Media Equipment Room $25,000
Furnished with audio and visual equipment that the dance department relies on for effective teaching and learning, the Media Room sits alongside the seminar room and the archives.

Music Faculty Office Space (1 reserved; 6 remaining @$25,000 each)
Freeing our faculty from cramped, shared offices spread throughout campus, the Performing Arts Center will provide generous space for offices that are located adjacent to performance spaces and that accommodate one-on-one interaction between faculty and students with room for individual instruction and performance.

Theatre Faculty Office Space (3 reserved; 2 remaining @$25,000 each)
Freeing our faculty from cramped, shared offices spread throughout campus, the Performing Arts Center will provide generous space for offices that are located adjacent to performance spaces and that accommodate one-on-one interaction between faculty and students.

Large Voice and Instrumental Practice Rooms [Reserved]
Like the smaller siblings, the large practice rooms will be airy, acoustically separated, and accessible 24/7. The large practice rooms will have ample space for pianists to practice alongside other individual instrumental musicians.

Coat Room $15,000
A dedicated, easily securable coat room will add an air of sophistication and professional service for our guests taking in dance, theatre, or music performances.

Catering Support Center $10,000
This area will provide preparation and presentation space for the epicurean offerings of the concession area as well as any small or large-scale receptions or dinners that may be held in the lobby or terraced areas of the new Center for the Performing Arts.

Voice and Instrumental Practice Rooms (8 reserved; 1 remaining @$10,000)
Though sound-isolated, the practice rooms will not be isolating. Rather, windows, sidelights, and glass walls to the corridor will bring light into the practice areas and visually fill the music department halls with the creative energy of our students perfecting their performances.



If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Performing Arts Center, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Bob O'Connor at oconnor@hws.edu or 315-781-3535.


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