Prior to the opening of University Hall, the UMASS Boston theater, music, and dance classrooms and performance venues were in found spaces spread throughout the campus. The new building provides a purpose-built 150-seat recital hall, a 200-seat studio theater, shops, rehearsal rooms, and studios. Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman served as theater planner and project manager while working at Theatre Projects Consultants. He provided insight and leadership to the design team to create safe, modern spaces for performance and instruction. Use of simple materials and an efficient layout will enable the performing arts to grow and flourish, serving the South Boston community, students, and teaching artists for generations to come. In addition, the four-story building houses 2,000 seats in general education classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a café, student lounge, and study spaces.
University of Massachusetts Boston
Gilbane Building Company
Department of Performing Arts
200-seat studio theater, 150-seat recital hall
2017 LEED Gold
Photo: © Wilson Architects