A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing arts


Sylvia Center provides affordable space for 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.

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With your support, we have just concluded a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $70,000 from nearly 600 backers to help us open our ground floor facilities. Our main stage venue, the 160-seat Lucas Hicks Theater, will open for its first performances in May 2018!

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!


Poetry Performance: Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Derrick Brown | Now New Productions

Mon, April 30 @ 7:30 pm

Four Poetry Slam World Championships and three National Poetry Slam Championships between them, join these internationally acclaimed performers for a night of the best stand-up poetry on the planet.

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Kids Class: Spring Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream | iDiOM Theater

Tue, May 1 @ 4:30 pm6:30 pm

Students age 10–12 will learn acting, movement, dance, and Shakespeare in a fun, friendly environment, culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sylvia Center for the Arts, taught and directed by Greta Miller.

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MIMECYCLE | Henry James Walker |

Thu, May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Some shows are best left unspoken. In Mimecycle, Henry James Walker bikes Seattle’s hostile streets without words or physical objects. Rainstorms and hurried drivers prove foils; to some, “the only good cyclist is a dead cyclist.”

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48-Hour Theater Festival #48 | iDiOM Theater

Fri, May 11 @ 7:30 pmSat, May 12 @ 10:00 pm

A special edition of iDiOM Theater’s long-running 48-Hour Theater Festival — two 24-hour marathons of playwriting and rehearsal, resulting in two hot, fresh batches of world-premiere short plays.

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The Gun Show | Bellingham Theatreworks

Thu, May 17 @ 7:30 pm

Drawing from personal stories from her years growing up in rural Oregon, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in THE GUN SHOW. These poignant, humorous, and honest stories are brought to life by veteran Bellingham performer Ian Bivins.

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Catalina Sunshine | iDiOM Theater

Thu, May 17 @ 7:30 pmSat, May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Little Catalina is transported away from her taunting siblings to a whimsical world where everything is not as it seems, and the tyrannical Curmudgeon is taking over with his vats of vinegar. A family-friendly musical for those who like musicals, and those who don’t!

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The Aliens, by Annie Baker | iDiOM Theater

Thu, May 24 @ 7:30 pmSat, June 9 @ 7:30 pm

WWU’s Rich Brown directs Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker’s beautiful play about music, poetry, silence, and a band called (among many other things) The Aliens.

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Momentum Improvisation Lab – Spring Session 2 | Momentum Improvisation Lab

Tue, May 29 @ 6:30 pm8:30 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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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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