"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."
The stage was set for dramatically improved theatre education, production and performance facilities on the Berry campus when the LifeReady Campaign launched. Now, thanks to Board of Visitors member Audrey Morgan, the curtain is rising on the project.
Morgan's generous $1 million challenge commitment in fall 2015 put fundraising for the project on the fast track. Funds from her gift were used to double the commitments of subsequent donors, inspiring others to join the chorus. Just one year later, at the September groundbreaking for Berry’s new theatre, Morgan announced another $1 million gift, this one from the foundation of her late sister, Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey, pushing total fundraising for the project past the $6 million mark. Thanks to this amazing outpouring of support, the $6.7 million theatre campaign is now less than $300,000 short of completion.
Work is currently underway on a 9,226 square-foot theatre addition to Blackstone Hall featuring a black-box stage and seating for 250, as well as associated updates to Blackstone’s main floor. Blackstone is the oldest brick building on campus, built in 1915 by students as a dining facility and last repurposed in the late 1970s for the theatre program. Since that time, theatre technology has exploded in ways the historic structure cannot support in its current configuration, necessitating the need for these new and updated facilities. Completion is expected in time for the 2017-18 academic year.
Make your gift to the theatre project today by visiting our online giving site or contacting Scott Breithaupt at 877-461-0039 or email@example.com. Be sure to designate your gift for the "New Theatre and Blackstone Hall Update."