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!


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

Thu, August 16 @ 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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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! 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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‘Talking Godot’ – a lecture by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Thu, August 30 @ 7:30 pm

A lecture by iDiOM Theater founder and Sylvia Center Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao on the many mysteries of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, widely considered one of the most influential plays of the 20th century.

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Sylvia Center Open House | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Fri, August 31 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

Reception at 6pm and performances, previews and tours 7pm–9pm. More details coming soon!

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Funhouse Takes Bellingham | Guest Show

Sat, September 1 @ 7:30 pm

An evening of experimental short plays by Seattle’s Funhouse family, including work by WWU and iDiOM alumni Brian Toews, Mario Orallo-Molinaro, Christopher Quilici, Dylan Gervais, Laura Engels, Zach Wymore, Jacob Foerg, Levi Friedman, and Erika Jacobson.

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