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About the Center

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education on the SUU campus and will dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City and its surrounding region. The Center will be a year-round destination for thousands of visitors.

The BTS Center for the Arts will include:

The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s new outdoor Shakespeare theatre
The new outdoor Shakespeare theatre will still have the same intimate actor/audience relationship and will feel very similar to the current open air Adams Theatre. The space  has updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased  ADA seating. The theatre will also have a flexible roof covering for inclement weather.

The Festival’s Artistic and Production Facility
The Artistic and Production Facility will include a rehearsal space, costume shop, and administration offices.

The Festival’s Studio Theatre
The Studio Theatre will be a flexible, black box space that can seat roughly 200 people.

Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA)
A large-covered plaza welcomes patrons to SUMA, a state-of-the-art museum, which will feature approximately 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries; the Braithwaite, the Rocki Alice, the Austin and Magda Jones and the Jim Jones showcasing work by the Utah artist. SUMA will exhibit international and regional art, as well as that by SUU’s Art and Design students and facility.

Approximately 5,300 square feet of the museum building will be dedicated to collection storage, care and research. The building design will allow visitors to witness the behind the scenes operations in the Maud Trismen Mason Collection and Conservation Studio. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Education Suite includes 1,000 square feet and will provide classroom space for hands-on educational activities for K-12 school groups, and workspace for the SUU graduate and undergraduate students who will operate the museum.

The Center will offer many large, public gathering spaces, which will be ideal for receptions and special events. The Shakespeare theatre will have a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. SUMA will also have a sizable, covered patio in front of its entrance.

Landscaping for the Center will include a sculpture garden, tree lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.

The Center will be completed by the summer of 2016. The Festival will open its 2016 season in the new outdoor Shakespeare theatre.