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!


THE SKRIKER, by Caryl Churchill | iDiOM Theater

Fri, October 19 @ 7:30 pm

The story of an ancient fairy who transforms into a plethora of objects and people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces and entraps.

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The Duck Variations, a comedy by David Mamet | iDiOM Theater

Fri, October 19 @ 7:30 pm

A wry, pseudo-existentialist discussion of what we do and why we do it, in fourteen ‘variations.’ Emil and George, two gentlemen in their sixties, are sitting on a park bench by a lake in a big city. Wherever their conversation goes, it always comes back to ducks: their mating habits, their mortal enemies, their inevitable demise.

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WAITING FOR GODOT, by Samuel Beckett | iDiOM Theater

Thu, November 1 @ 7:30 pm

The second Main Stage Production in iDiOM Theater’s 2018–19 Season is Waiting for Godot, the 1953 play by Samuel Beckett considered the masterpiece of existentialism, which explores the fultility of man’s hope, to absurd results.

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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in Concert | Bellingham Folk School

Wed, November 7 @ 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. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music.

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