The Power Center for the Performing Arts is our most technically sophisticated performance space. It is a fully functioning theatre able to handle the most complex sales meetings, product roll-outs, and corporate presentations. The three "pitch" meetings to prospective donors for the university's highly successful billion-dollar capital campaign were made in this theatre.
The theatre was made possible by a leadership gift from Eugene and Sadye Power, together with their son Philip.
Opening in 1971, the Power Center was designed by architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, formerly associates of Eero Saarinen. The theatre's interior was designed by Jo Mielziner, and echoes his work in the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center. The building was designed during a very innovative period in theatrical architecture. Known as "modern classical," the Power Center combines massive concrete columns and mirrored glass with ancient forms. The audience's seating area is modeled after the Greek theatre at Epidarus, while the stage was an experimental combination of proscenium arch and thrust. No seat in the Power Center is more than 80 feet from the stage.
The spacious, soaring lobby, which features tapestries by Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso, is frequently used for receptions and information booths during conferences.
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