The Arts at Avila

Express Yourself

Avila students are creative, involved, and passionate. On-campus you’ll find a culture that provides the freedom to embrace your individuality, while also giving you exceptional support and opportunities to express yourself. Whether through graphic design, film making, writing, the spoken word, or the performing arts you’ll find your voice and your platform at Avila.

Goppert Performing Arts Center

The new Goppert Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is not only at the center of the performing arts scene on campus but across south Kansas City as well.

Christmas choir and orchestra concert inside Goppert Theatre

Musical ensembles

Avila is graced with five different vocal and instrumental ensembles that are open, by audition, to all students with a passion for music.

Inside an empty Goppert Theatre

Goppert Theatre

The crown jewel of the new Goppert Performing Arts Center, more than five-decade of memorable performances have crossed our stage.

Sculpture outside Thornhill Gallery

Thornhill Art Gallery and the S. Margaret Reinhart Courtyard

In addition to exhibiting fine art, photography, and multi-media works, the University calls on these unique spaces to host meetings, panel discussions on social justice, film studies, senior shows, and receptions.

The Goppert Performing Arts Center

The Roderick J. & Jo Anne Cyr Grand Lobby

The Grand Lobby is at the center of it all. Pre-performance gatherings. Social functions. Informal learning. Post-performance conversations.


Goppert Performing Arts Center

The new “front door” to Avila’s campus.

The exterior of the Goppert Performing Arts Center in the fall

The Sue King Willcox Ph.D. Music Hall

Not only is the new choir space acoustically beautiful, the striking architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows create a truly inspired space for learning.

The Frantze Family Black Box Theatre

Nearly 2,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space, this versatile 200-seat theatre space allows for smaller, more intimate performances.

black box stage

The Virginia C. and William D. Tompkins Rehearsal Hall

With two rehearsal spaces dance, music, tech, and theatre — each of Avila’s performing arts programs – will utilize these spaces as they prepare for the main stage.

Lone dancer rehearsing in front of mirror
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