USI Performance Center
Evansville, Indiana

The USI Theater Arts Department had grown out of the small black box theater they were using for performances and classes. With the opening of the new Performance Center, they now have a theater space that allows for larger productions—musicals, dance, and drama—in an intimately-sized room supportive of young performers and designers. A sectional wall that closes off the stage opening provides a friendly environment for lectures and similar university uses. The wall is a solid reflective surface that provides acoustic support for speech and small music ensembles. An effective storage solution ensures it doesn’t interfere with rigging, lighting, or scenic uses of the space for theatrical production. Tony Forman, while at Theatre Projects, was the project manager from early schematic design through the mid-point of construction.

Institution
University of Southern Indiana

Architect
Holzman Moss Bottino Associates

Acoustician
Acentech

General Trades Contractor
Empire Contractors

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
33,500

Cost
$17.2 million

Completion
2015

Users
Department of Theater Arts

Spaces
350-seat thrust theater

Image: © Tom Kessler Photography