Prior Center for the Performing Arts, Worcester, MA, USA

Prior Center for the Performing Arts

The Prior Center for the Performing Arts for the College of the Holy Cross has been designed to be an incubator for multidisciplinary learning that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines. Standing as the cultural center of the school – with venues for both fine arts and performing arts – the building houses a 400-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat flexible studio space, and the relocated Cantor Art Gallery.

Anchoring the Upper District of campus, the Center gathers together existing vectors of campus circulation at its heart: the 'Beehive'. Around this central space the programs are divided into four pavilions: the Multipurpose Theater for opera and music, the Studio Theater for drama, Art/Media, and Practice/Production. From the vantage point of the 'Beehive', production spaces such as the scene shop and multi-use practice rooms are visible next to refined performance spaces and the white box gallery, revealing the process of artistic output to the campus community.