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 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.
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.
- 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 its 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.