An architectural rendering of the new Grand Lobby as seen from atop the grand staircase.
Goppert Performing Arts Center
An architectural rendering of the new “front door” to Avila’s campus.
Choir Rehearsal Space
A fabulous new choir space with floor-to-ceiling north-facing windows.
The Grand Lobby
Entering the Goppert Performing Arts Center for performances, visitors will be welcomed by an airy, two-story lobby and grand staircase.
- 16,000 square feet of renovated and new space
- 200-seat Black Box theatre
- New choir and rehearsal space
- Expanded scene shop
- Grand lobby and entrance
Choir, Theatre, Orchestra, and Dance
Music and theatre majors, as well as dance minors, will be the obvious benefactors of the new Goppert Performing Arts Center (GPAC). However, more than 19% of all Avila undergraduates are involved with the performing arts in some manner (and that’s not counting all of the students who attend performances). When you add in all of the faculty, staff, and the Kansas City community who walk through the GPAC doors, the new performing arts center is truly at the center of the arts scene in south KC.
The jewel of the performing arts center is the Goppert Theatre. Built in 1974 the theatre is named after Vita Goppert ’72, the “First Lady” of Avila. Home to four student theatrical productions a year, plus choir and orchestra concerts, lectures, and workshops, Goppert Theatre has staged five decades of memorable performances. Goppert Theatre is also a popular venue for other theatre troupes, including a long-time relationship with Theatre for Young America.
black box theatre
A black box theatre is an ideal setting where the most human elements of performance can be studied, demonstrated and enjoyed by the audience. The new Black Box Theatre is an intimate performance space inside the GPAC seating around 200 in it’s 3,000 square feet. In addition to Avila students holding more smaller performances, the Black Box will also serve as an important actor’s laboratory where students hone their craft in lighting, design, and acting.