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


ALL IN THE TIMING: Benefit for Youth Acting Program | iDiOM Theater

Fri, May 24 @ 7:30 pm

David Ives’ critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies, combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A special, two-night-only production benefiting Sylvia Center’s Summer Youth Acting Program.

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Staged Readings of Three New Locally Written Plays | Dragon Tales Productions

Fri, May 24 @ 7:30 pm

Dragon Tales Productions presents staged readings of three new plays in the Studio Theater Thu, Fri & Sat, May 23–25.

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AUDITIONS: THE BIRDS (Summer 2019 Youth Acting Program) | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Sat, May 25 @ 1:00 pm

Casting auditions for our student (13–17yo) production of Aristophanes’ The Birds!

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Momentum Improvisation Lab – Spring 2019 Session | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, May 28 @ 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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Ron Jones and the Jazz Forest | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, May 29 @ 7:00 pm

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

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Cory Weeds | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, June 5 @ 7:00 pm

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

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Phil Parisot Quartet | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, June 12 @ 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 2019 Youth Acting Program Enrollment | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Sat, June 15 @ 9:00 am

A four-week summer acting program for ages 13–17, culminating in outdoor performances of Aristophanes’ The Birds!

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Marina Albero | Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

Wed, June 19 @ 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: BRISEIS, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | iDiOM Theater

Thu, June 20 @ 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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