A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing arts

SYLVIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Sylvia Center is a new performing arts center in Bellingham, Washington. We provide affordable space for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach and perform, while also creating a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, and dance.

Learn more about our project in this video for our recently concluded Kickstarter campaign:

With your support, our Kickstarter campaign raised over $70,000 from nearly 600 backers in spring 2018 to help us open our ground floor facilities: a 150-seat main stage venue, the Lucas Hicks Theater; a 65-seat studio theater/rehearsal space; our entry lobby, which doubles as art gallery, box office, and bar; a second gallery/hang space; and new accessible restrooms.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us — your gift will help us continue construction and programming at the new arts center: donate today to help create a new home for locally-created performing arts in Whatcom County!

UPCOMING EVENTS


Summer Rep: AN ILIAD, by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare | iDiOM Theater

Mon, June 24 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

FREE Theater in Maritime Heritage Park! AN ILIAD ends the summer season looking back at the events that started it all. Homer’s epic story of Achilles and Hector is masterfully retold by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. A remount of iDiOM’s 2017 production, this time outdoors in the open air amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park. About the SUMMER REP AN …

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Ralph Kolin presents Bellingham’s Own | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, June 26 @ 7:00 pm

Part of Sylvia Center resident company Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center’s ongoing Wednesday night concert series.

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Summer Rep Opening Reception & Sophocles’ AJAX | iDiOM Theater

Thu, June 27 @ 7:00 pm

One of the seven surviving plays by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, Ajax tells the story of a warrior’s fallen honor and life in the last days of the Trojan War. A beautiful new translation by Theater of War’s Bryan Doerries, directed by Sylvia Center’s Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao.

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Summer Rep: BRISEIS, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | iDiOM Theater

Fri, June 28 @ 7:30 pm

An original play written by Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao based on stories in The Iliad, and first mounted at iDiOM Theater back in 2012, this quirky black comedy is suitable for all ages (but does tell tales of violence and features at least one beating with a loaf of bread).

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Summer Rep: AJAX, by Sophocles | iDiOM Theater

Fri, June 28 @ 7:30 pm

One of the seven surviving plays by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, Ajax tells the story of a warrior’s fallen honor and life in the last days of the Trojan War. A beautiful new translation by Theater of War’s Bryan Doerries, directed by Sylvia Center’s Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao.

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Pride Art Show: Downtown Art Walk | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, July 5 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

Sylvia Center’s first Pride art show will feature artists focusing on the inclusion, awareness, support, and acceptance of the LGBTTQQIAAP & Queer community, and includes artworks on the themes of pride, family, equality, transformation, community, & love.

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DRAGTOPIA All-Ages Variety Show | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wed, July 10 @ 7:30 pm

Sylvia Center hosts an all-ages variety show celebrating Pride Month!

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Summer Rep: Aristophanes’ THE BIRDS (Youth Production) | iDiOM Theater

Thu, July 18 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring teen actors from Sylvia Center’s Youth Acting Program, THE BIRDS is the second of three free outdoor shows in the 2019 Summer Rep. The show is a family-friendly comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, in a brand new adaptation by Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao.

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Summer Rep: THE ODYSSEY, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | iDiOM Theater

Thu, August 1 @ 7:30 pm

THE ODYSSEY is a re-telling of the story of the final homecoming of Odysseus to Ithica and to his wife Penelope, written by iDiOM Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao and directed by Ashley Albertson (last year’s Marian: The True Tale of Robin Hood).

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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in Concert | Bellingham Folk School

Thu, September 19 @ 7:00 pm

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy.

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