University community celebrates opening of Theatre Arts Center

President John L. Lahey welcomes faculty, staff and students to the opening of the new Theatre Arts Center.

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President John L. Lahey welcomes faculty, staff and students to the opening of the new Theatre Arts Center.

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he university formally opened its new Theatre Arts Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 19.

Cheers erupted as Kevin Daly, assistant professor of theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, cut a ceremonial ribbon and addressed the students, faculty and staff who filled the new black box theater.

“We did it,” he proclaimed. “This feels like quite the moment — a really big moment.”

"In theater, we teach that it’s not just the big moments that make life meaningful, but all of the small moments in between that make life truly special," Daly said. The new space, he said, is meant to foster those moments.

The 12,000-square-foot space allows the students flexibility to learn and perform — with a two-story blackbox theater, control room, classroom, faculty offices, work and laundry rooms as well as a box office and a student lounge. It is the first student theater in the state to offer LED lighting — as well as incandescent lighting.

The theater will host mainstage productions, concerts and a variety of other events each year. 

“We didn’t just want this to be a theater, but a place the students could come and hang out,” President John L. Lahey said.

The students said they are already enjoying the new learning environment. “When I first saw it, I cried,” said Carleigh Pederson ’18. “But they were happy tears. We’re so excited to have our own space.”

Quinnipiac University Professor and Theater Director Kevin Daly gives his remarks as faculty, staff and students celebrate the opening of Quinnipiac's new Theatre Arts Center during a ribbon cutting reception and open house Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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Quinnipiac University Professor and Theater Director Kevin Daly addresses the crowd at the celebration for the new Theatre Arts Center.