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 Consisting of Segerstrom Hall and Founders Hall, the roots of the Orange County Performing Arts Center reach back more than 45 years, when the newly formed Orange County Philharmonic Society (later renamed the Philharmonic Society of Orange County) identified a pressing need for a versatile concert facility in Orange County. However, the first local group specifically intended to facilitate the building of a major cultural center in the heart of the community wasn’t formed until 1969. That group, the Newport Harbor Foundation, conducted a feasibility study, which found that Newport Beach would not be an ideal location for the new center.

Presents events and performances from the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Opera Pacific, Pacific Chorale and other organizations from throughout Southern California.

In 1999, a six-acre parcel of land across the street from the original facility was deeded to The Center by the Segerstrom family in order to provide space for expansion of South Coast Repertory, The Center's new venues, and the eventual building of a visual arts campus. The entire complex bears the name Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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 Founded in 1964, South Coast Repertory (SCR) was founded in the belief that theatre is an artform with a unique power to illuminate the human experience. We commit ourselves to exploring the most urgent human and social issues of our time, and to merging literature, design and performance in ways that test the bounds of theatre's artistic possibilities. We undertake to advance the art of theatre in the service of our community, and aim to extend that service through educational, intercultural, and outreach programs that harmonize with our artistic mission.

At the end of 1998 SCR began a long-held expansion goal when the Segerstrom family donated land along the south side of the facility. That land, along with a similar donation to the neighboring Orange County Performing Arts Center, established the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Within weeks, SCR received its first gift of more than $1 million, when Henry and Stacey Nicholas gave $1.28 million (eventually doubling their gift to $2.5 million to name the renovated Second Stage the Nicholas Studio) and launched "SCR: The Next Stage" Campaign, initially to raise $40 million. Architect Cesar Pelli was enlisted for both The Center's and SCR's expansion, with SCR's construction beginning first. Pelli designed a sweeping new front for SCR, which would incorporate the existing building and the addition.

The focal point of Pelli's expansion design was a 336-seat proscenium stage on the added land. In front of it would be the common lobby. But behind it would be three stories of offices for education and a Green Room, technical facilities, and four new classrooms.

The public phase of "SCR: The Next Stage" Campaign was launched in 2000. The next year the goal was raised to $50 million to provide endowment funding to support, in perpetuity, the programs that would be made possible by the facilities.

At the ground breaking ceremony in July 2001, a $5 million naming gift for the new 336-seat stage was announced from George and Julianne Argyros.

The new theatre complex will allow SCR to expand the scope of its presentations... providing a rich balance and variety of the best plays in theatre... and undertake the technical challenges of almost any play written. The Second Stage will add further vitality to the company's artistic life by permitting SCR to offer works in progress by A
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 Come and see what is being featured at the Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts. From world-famous performers at Meng Concert Hall, to piano recitals, , one will find many great events - some of which are even free! Main Art Gallery Cal State Fullerton University Visual Arts Center 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831 Ticket Info - Call (714) 278-3371 Map:,+Fullerton+CA&ie=UTF8&om=1 For a brochure: or call (714) 278-3347
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 The Cal State Fullerton Theatre program is among the top sixteen most highly recommended undergraduate programs in the nation, according to the most recent Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. It is ranked with such prestigious schools as Juilliard, New York University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. CSUF’s Dance program is ranked under noteworthy programs, along with Brigham Young, Cornell, Duke, and American University. The Musical Theatre program ranks in the “Most Highly Recommended Programs,” along with the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and the University of Michigan! In a National accreditation review of the department, the evaluator wrote: "THERE IS LITTLE QUESTION THAT THE CSU FULLERTON THEATRE DEPARTMENT HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND RESPECTED THEATRE TRAINING PROGRAMS ON THE WEST COAST. THE GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE CLEARLY DELINEATED, AND THE PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT INSPIRATIONAL." WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE? We work closely with our students and they have a myriad of opportunities to experience the profession in and around the university. Thirty miles east of downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, CSUF is a warm, friendly campus nestled between the mountains and the ocean in the personable haven of Fullerton in Southern California. The Department is in close proximity to major regional theatres and borders Southern California’s mecca of major film and television studios, over 100 producing theatres, and the nation’s premiere entertainment parks Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, Universal Studios, etc. The CSUF Theatre and Dance Department sponsors internships with such prestigious industry leaders as the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory Theatre, NBC, CBS, Paramount Studios, Mali Finn Casting, A Noise Within, The Chatauqua Theatre Alliance and a host of other companies. The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students to: • Realize their self-worth in becoming a true artist in the business • Recognize the shaping force of theatre, dance and television • Learn the skills necessary to work professionally in theatre, dance, film, and television • Pursue graduate studies • Prepare for teaching theatre THE HEART OF
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