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Second Century Campaign—The Theater

Center for the Performing Arts

Home of the Leemputte Family Theater

Setting the Stage for Creative Expression

As the Loyola Community celebrated the opening of our new pool and piazza, members of our Building and Grounds Committee were moving ahead with the next major campus improvement outlined in Our Strategic Vision for Loyola Academy in the 21st Century: A $25.7 million theater for the performing arts.

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The Theater

Arts matter for every student at Loyola. All students learn better in a school that is pulsating with arts. We pledge to provide an environment that cultivates the fine and performing arts.
Since the first Jesuit school opened nearly five centuries ago, the Jesuits have understood that the arts play an important role in the enrichment of the human spirit and the development of creative thinkers with the potential to transform society in positive ways. A recent study conducted by the Endowment for the Arts confirms what the Jesuits have long held to be true: that students who participate in the arts perform better academically and contribute significantly more to their communities. To give Rambler artists and non-artists alike the facilities they need to engage in creative expression and exploration, Loyola has launched The Theater Initiative. This initiative will generate support for a fine and performing arts center with a 550+ seat theater and expanded arts programming, as well as cross-disciplinary programming in areas such as public speaking and the sciences.

View more about the Arts Program at Loyola Academy here.

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  • rendering by Krueck Sexton Partners

    What will the Theater include?

    Strategically positioned at the northeast corner of the Loyola Academy campus,our soon-to-be-developed theater will be equipped with the following amenities to increase every Rambler's exposure to the performing arts.
    • A 29,000-square-foot building with integrated indoor and outdoor performance spaces designed to accommodate a wide variety of performing arts products
    • A dramatic entry lobby and a gallery space 
    • A 550+ seat proscenium theater with a balcony, orchestra pit and fly tower
    • Offstage rehearsal and staging areas
    • A fully equipped scene shop
    • A green room
    • Makeup and dressing rooms
    • A director's office
    • State-of-the-art lighting and production technologies
    • A 125 linear foot curved glass wall overlooking an outdoor plaza that will function as an open-air performance stage and a gathering place for the Loyola community.
    Above rendering by Krueck Sexton Partners.

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