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New performing arts center unveiled at Texas State University

New performing arts center

Texas State University dedicated a new $40.9 million performing arts center Thursday.

The 69,122-square-foot building includes a 397-seat mainstage theater and a 312-seat recital hall, both of which will serve as venues for the university’s theater, music and dance events.

The center also has classrooms, rehearsals studios, faculty offices and theater production studios. A new 455-space parking garage is adjacent to the center.

“We are thrilled to provide this magnificent home for our performing artists, who for years have demonstrated their outstanding talents and brought national prominence to Texas State,” university president Denise Trauth said in a statement.

Funding for the building, designed by Morris Architects of Houston, comes from a combination of state appropriations and private donation, including an initial gift of $8 million from Patti Strickel Harrison, a longtime donor to the university.

Situated on the corner of University Drive and Moon Street at a prominent intersection between the university campus and the city, the new performing arts center is intended to serve as a gateway, university officials said.

“Beyond what this building does for our students, faculty and staff, it also provides a new front door for the community into the university, creating a stronger cultural connection between Texas State and the surrounding area,” Trauth said.

Timothy Mottet, dean of the university’s College of Fine Arts and Communication, said that the college’s existing theater center, which was built in 1970, would continue to be used.

The first production in the new performing arts center is Cole Porter’s musical “Anything Goes,” which opens April 7.

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