Arts Quarter

Today, 30 percent of all William & Mary students participate in the performing arts, whether as musicians or actors, as ensemble members or theater production staff.

These talented students require facilities and technology that meet the unique needs of the performing arts and provide a welcoming and vibrant presence in the Williamsburg community. The Music and Theatre, Speech & Dance Departments, however, are currently hampered by aging infrastructure, outdated technology and inadequate spaces.

To remedy these issues, William & Mary is building a new Arts Quarter that is designed to create an exemplary environment for the performing arts. At the heart of this project is Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall (PBK). Originally built in 1956, PBK will be renovated and expanded to encompass more than 105,000 square feet and return it to its former glory as a state-of-the-art facility. Adjacent to PBK. will be a new 75,000 square foot Music Building. This project is projected to be completed for the Spring 2023 semester.

By modernizing and expanding PBK and adding the new Music Building, the university will greatly enhance the community's existing hub for the performing arts. The Arts. Quarter will strengthen the recruitment of accomplished students, faculty and visiting artists. It will transform the experience of performers and audience members alike. It will breathe new vitality into the Music and Theatre, Speech & Dance Departments and inspire the development of innovative curricula.

During the course of its history, PBK has been the home to the William & Mary Theatre program and host to the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Arts Festival and dozens of other community groups. The project will enhance the university's ability to attract high-quality performance groups and events to the area and broaden the array of cultural offerings to the community

Completing the Arts Quarter with expanded state-of- the-art facilities gives William & Mary a vibrant center of creative activity that will shine for decades to come. State funding of approximately $128.5 million covers the core construction costs of the project. That support, however, does not provide for additional amenities such as advanced lighting and acoustics, or expensive equipment and instruments such as a pipe organ. Private philanthropy is essential for equipping these performance spaces with first-class features that will create an extraordinary performing arts experience for the entire William & Mary and Williamsburg communities.

Funding opportunities have been created to enhance and maintain each building and provide unrestricted support for the Music and Theatre, Speech & Dance departments. Named spaces are also available to fund these opportunities.

Arts Quarter from Jamestown Road

View the Arts Quarter Gallery

Arts Quarter

The new Arts Quarter will feature six modern performance venues with 1,500 audience seats in this 180,000 square foot facility:

Phi Beta Kappa

  • 492-seat renovated Proscenium Theatre
  • 250-seat new Studio Theatre
  • 100-seat renovated Lab Theatre
  • 60-seat new Dance Recital Theatre

Music Building

  • 450-seat new Concert Hall
  • 125-seat new Recital Hall

 

Give to PBK and Theatre, Speech & Dance

Give to the Music Building and Music Department

Naming Opportunities

Create a legacy in the Arts Quarter for all time coming by naming one or more of the beautiful new spaces. Available opportunities are marked below.

Arts Quarter Lower Level

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Phi Beta Kappa Hall (numbers in green)
  1. Scene Storage A - $200,000
  2. Chorus Dressing Rooms (2 rooms total) - $150,000 each
  3. Green Room - $150,000
  4. Drapery Storage - $100,000
  5. Scene Storage B - $100,000
  6. Eight Person Dressing Room - $75,000
  7. Chorus Dressing Rooms (2 rooms total) - $50,000 each

*TSD: Theater, Speech & Dance

Music Building (numbers in gold)
  1. Music Library - $750,000
  2. Electronic Music Lab - $250,000
  3. Seminar Room - $150,000
  4. Applied Teaching Rooms (16 rooms total) - $75,000 each
  5. Practice Rooms – Large (2 rooms total) - $60,000 each (Reserved)
  6. Instrument Lockers (hall) - $50,000
  7. Practice Rooms – Medium (14 rooms total) - $40,000 each
  8. Practice Rooms – Small (18 rooms total) - $30,000 each

Arts Quarter Main Level

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Phi Beta Kappa Hall (numbers in green)
  1. Main Stage - $2,000,000
  2. Pre-Function Gallery - $1,500,000
  3. Studio Theater - $1,000,000
  4. Dance Recital Laboratory - $750,000
  5. Dance Rehearsal Laboratory - $500,000
  6. Scene Construction Laboratory - $500,000
  7. Scenic Art Laboratory - $500,000
  8. Acting Laboratories (2 rooms total) - $350,000 each
  9. Lab Theater - $350,000
  10. Classrooms (2 rooms total) - $300,000 each
  11. Light Lab - $250,000
  12. Dance Warm Up - $200,000
  13. Orchestra Pit, Main Stage - $150,000
  14. Seminar Rooms (2 rooms total) - $150,000 each
  15. Eight Person Dressing Room - $75,000
  16. Box Office - $75,000
  17. Dance Changing - $75,000
  18. Four Person Dressing Rooms (2 rooms total) - $50,000 each
  19. Dance Changing - $50,000
  20. Metal Work Area - $50,000
  21. Paint Room - $50,000
  22. Prop Room - $50,000
  23. Tool Room - $25,000

*TSD: Theater, Speech & Dance

Music Building (numbers in gold)
  1. Music Building - $15,000,000
  2. Pipe Organ - $1,000,000
  3. Concert Hall - $1,500,000
  4. Instrumental Rehearsal - $800,000
  5. Recital Hall - $750,000 (Reserved)
  6. Choral Rehearsal - $650,000
  7. Non-western Music - $350,000
  8. Music Office Suite - $250,000
  9. Green Room - $150,000
  10. Faculty Breakroom/Kitchenette - $100,000
  11. Reception Area - $100,000
  12. Department Chair’s Office - $75,000
  13. Instrument Lockers - $50,000
  14. One-Two Person Dressing Room - $35,000
  15. Administrative Offices (2 rooms total) - $35,000 each

Arts Quarter Upper Level

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Phi Beta Kappa Hall (numbers in green)
  1. Costume Construction Laboratory - $250,000
  2. Design Laboratory - $200,000
  3. Media Laboratory - $200,000
  4. TSD Department Conference Room* - $200,000
  5. Seminar Rooms (2 rooms total) - $150,000 each
  6. TSD Library - $150,000
  7. Lounge Area, Large - $200,000
  8. Costume Storage, Large - $100,000
  9. Dance Medicine Rooms (2 rooms total) - $100,000 each
  10. TSD Dept. Chair’s Office - $75,000
  11. Costume Storage Rooms (2 rooms total) - $50,000 each
  12. Craft/Dye Area - $50,000
  13. Dance Faculty Changing - $50,000
  14. Dance Costume - $50,000
  15. TSD Dept. Reception Area - $50,000
  16. TSD Dept. Workroom - $50,000
  17. Offices (25 rooms total) - $35,000 each
  18. Control Room - $25,000
  19. Lounge Area, Small - $25,000
  20. Costume Fitting Room - $25,000

*TSD: Theater, Speech & Dance

Music Building (numbers in gold)
  1. Music Building - $15,000,000
  2. Labs (2 rooms total) - $300,000 each
  3. Faculty Studios (16 rooms total) - $75,000 each
  4. Lounge/Gathering Area - $50,000
  •  Gerald Bullock M.Ed. ’97 ,  Executive Director of Development for Arts & Sciences
  •  757-221-1023
  •   igbull@wm.edu