A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing 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!


Momentum Improv – Summer 2019 Session | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, August 27 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

A seven-week improvisation class combining improv, mindfulness, and storytelling, for those with basic improv experience, taught by Upfront Theatre alumna Oona Sherman Cava.

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

Thu, August 29 @ 7:30 pm

Our final FREE outdoor theater production in the 2019 Summer Rep! 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.

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In concert: Choro das Três! | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, August 30 @ 7:30 pm

An acclaimed Brazilian instrumental folk music group on their U.S. tour. Sisters Corina (flute), Lia (7-string guitar) and Elisa (mandolin), along with their father Eduardo (tambourine), are the Choro das 3.

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Intro to Playwriting | iDiOM Theater

Sat, September 14 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm

A three-month, seven-session course in writing for the stage, taught by iDiOM Theater Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao!

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Fall Youth Acting Classes | iDiOM Theater

Tue, September 17 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

A three-month introduction to our Meisner technique-based acting program for youth.

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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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New Works: GODLIKE, by Rosalind Reynolds | iDiOM Theater

Fri, September 20 @ 7:30 pm

A comical spin on the events of The Odyssey, written by this year’s SERIAL KILLERS winner, Rosalind Reynolds, and directed by long-time iDiOM actor Christopher Coombs.

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Fall 2019 Acting Intensive | iDiOM Theater

Sat, October 12 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

A six-week, 12-session intensive acting program designed to provide the skills and vocabulary of acting to those newer to the craft, while deeply challenging and honing the skills of more seasoned actors.

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Momentum Improv Lab – Fall 2019 Session | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, October 29 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

An eight-week improvisation class combining improv, mindfulness, and storytelling, for those with basic improv experience, taught by Upfront Theatre alumna Oona Sherman Cava.

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The Norman Conquests: TABLE MANNERS | iDiOM Theater

Fri, November 1 @ 7:30 pm

Set in an English country house, Alan Ayckbourn’s “cryingly funny trilogy” follows six characters during a disastrously hilarious weekend of eating, drinking and miscommunication, exploring the disappointments bubbling beneath the surface as their dreams of love and fulfillment go awry.

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