Alice Jepson Theatre
Théâtre à l'italienne
The Modlin Center for the Arts, which opened in 1996, features state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms. Praised as "a work of art itself" by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the $22.5 million, 165,000-square-foot facility is home to the departments of art and art history, music and theatre, and dance.
The Modlin Center for the Arts presents more than 35 world-class performing arts events as part of the Modlin Great Performances Series, three mainstage productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players and Dancers, and another 30 music performances as part of the Department of Music's annual free concert series. Many of the events presented at the Modlin Center feature an academic component designed specifically for Richmond students. These activities, which are free and open to the public, include master classes and lecture demonstrations, as well as pre-concert and exhibition lectures.
In 1992, the University began working on a plan for an expanded arts center to improve the performance, rehearsal and exhibition venues, classrooms, and studios for the visual and performing arts, and to provide room for continued growth. The plan was for the new building to connect to the existing Modlin Fine Arts building with an archway above Keller Road similar to the archway in North Court. The existing Emily Gardner Room and the Keller Gymnasium would be a converted for use by the art and art history department. The area occupied by Crenshaw pool would become part of a new theater complex that would house a new theater and dance venue and related shop space. Camp Theater would become a concert hall.
Booker Hall renovations were complete and the building was ready for occupancy by the fall of 1995. A new studio theater, the Cousins Studio, replaced the Q-Hut as a place to hold theater classes and stage productions. Kathleen Panoff, the new executive director of the Modlin Center for the Arts, joined the University in November 1995.
When the project was completed, the former single-building complex was transformed into 165,000 square feet of state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms for the arts. The new Modlin Center for the Arts became home to the departments of art and art history, music, theatre and dance, the new Parsons Music Library, and the Modlin Center's administrative offices.