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THEATER, DANCE & MUSICNew Sloan Performing Arts Center Set for River Campus Plans include a new theater and other facilities for student programs. By Jim Mandelaro
sloanSCENE SETTING: Located next to Todd Union, the new Sloan Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of SLAM Collaborative)

Plans are under way for a performing arts center on the River Campus to provide new space for theatrical performances, dance programs, concerts, lectures, and other activities.

Scheduled to open in fall 2020, the Sloan Performing Arts Center is a 25,000-square-foot facility that will be built next to Todd Union, the current home of Todd Theater, the International Theatre Program, and the Program of Movement and Dance.

In addition to a studio theater, the Sloan Center will house a café, scene shop, dressing rooms, costume shop, and green room.

University Trustee Thomas Sloan ’65, ’67 (MS) and his wife, Linda Sloan ’67, have made a commitment to initiate the project.

The theater will be named in recognition of leadership supporters Edgar Smith ’72 and Lusette (Andy) Smith ’72; the lobby, in recognition of the support of University Trustee Brian Prince ’86, ’89S (MBA); the box office and production office, in recognition of Richard Leibner ’59 and Carole Cooper Leibner; and the café, in recognition of the family of Drew Mittelman ’68 and Maureen Adduci, the parents of a 2005 Rochester graduate.

The architectural firm SLAM Collaborative has been hired for the project. Site planning has begun, and a dedication ceremony is slated for Meliora Weekend 2020.

In the College, hundreds of students regularly participate in performing arts programs and activities as actors, musicians, dancers, members of production teams, and audience members.