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


SHINER, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, July 27 @ 8:00 pm

When Amy’s husband Kyle won’t reveal where he goes at night or how he came to have a black eye, she demands he goes to therapy. This decision bursts open a Pandora’s Box of ugly truths, twists, turns, private investigators, murders, and the whole ugly truth about Kyle’s shiner.

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Summer Acting Workshop for Teens | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Mon, July 30 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm

Summer Acting Intensive for ages 13–17: a four-week class culminating in performances of The Rover in the outdoor amphitheater in Maritime Heritage Park. Auditions July 14 — class runs Mon–Thu, July 30 to Aug 21.

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Momentum Improvisation Lab – Summer Session | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, August 7 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

An eight-week improvisation class focused on scene-work and stagecraft, for those with basic improv experience. Taught by Oona Cava.

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RECEPTION: Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Thu, August 9 @ 6:30 pm

Eat, drink, and be merry, while supporting our program of FREE summer theater in Maritime Heritage Park! Appetizers, no-host bar, and VIP reserved seating at the 7:30pm West Coast premiere performance of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood!

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OPEN AIR SUMMER REP: Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Thu, August 9 @ 7:30 pm

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John.

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48-Hour Theater Festival #49 | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, August 10 @ 7:30 pm

iDiOM Theater’s long-running festival of plays returns to add another dozen short plays to the over five-hundred it has generated over the past decade-and-a-half. Two nights of brand new one-act plays, all written in the preceding day — page to stage in 24 hours, twice.

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HOTBOX: a new full-length play written and produced in one week! | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, August 17 @ 7:30 pm

This summer we relaunch iDiOM Theater’s HOTBOX series, in which a brand-new full-length play is written, rehearsed and performed, page to stage, in just seven days! This year’s HOTBOX will be written based on the same theme as the first night of 48-Hour Theater Festival #49, and will play just one week later for two nights only!

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Deakin Hicks Album Release Concert: ‘THE LAST’ | Deakin Hicks

Sun, August 19 @ 7:00 pm

Thomas Deakin, Jon Sampson, and Stephanie Nilles will present original music by Lucas Hicks celebrating the release of Deakin Hicks’ third album The Last, recorded last year before Lucas passed away.

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RECEPTION: The Rover | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Thu, August 23 @ 6:30 pm

Eat, drink, and be merry, while supporting our program of FREE summer theater in Maritime Heritage Park!

Tickets just $20, with funds benefiting the Sylvia Center Open Air Summer Rep. Appetizers, no-host bar, and VIP reserved seating at the 7:30pm world premiere performance of a new adaptation ofThe Rover, by Aphra Behn in the park!

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OPEN AIR SUMMER REP: The Rover, by Aphra Behn | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Thu, August 23 @ 7:30 pm

The final play in the 2018 Open Air Summer Rep is The Rover, a Restoration comedy exploring issues of love, deception and the excesses of passion, performed by the students of our Summer Acting Workshop for teens!

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