James Madison University, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Through intensive planning, numerous design iterations, and a thorough understanding of client needs and goals, Theatre Projects helped provide JMU with a highly versatile building that gives their music and theatre departments a sense of ownership—both of their own spaces and the facility as a whole. The building meets an array of performance and educational requirements with five intimate and elegant venues, support and rehearsal spaces, and classrooms. The 183,000 square foot center can easily handle disparate student, community, and administrative functions at the same time. With flexible seating and staging arrangements, high-tech theatre equipment, and performance systems designed for novice users, students have an open, adaptable canvas for experimentation, collaboration, and growth.

James Madison University, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Richard Finkelstein
Owner

James Madison University

Architect

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company | Howard Performance Architecture

Acoustician

Jaffe Holden

Users

James Madison University

Seat count

150, 196, 200, 450, 600

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Educational, Concert hall, Dance theatre, Drama theatre, Flexible theatre, Recital hall, Studio theatre

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2010

Venue website

jmu.edu/forbescenter

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
James Madison University, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

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