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!


Summer Rep: THE BIRDS (Youth Production) | iDiOM Theater

Thu, July 18 @ 7:30 pm

A family-friendly comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, iadapted (liberally) by Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao especially for our Summer Rep. Featuring teen actors from our Youth Acting Program, THE BIRDS is the second of three FREE outdoor shows in the 2019 Summer Rep!

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Summer Rep: THE ODYSSEY, by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao | iDiOM Theater

Thu, August 1 @ 7:30 pm

THE ODYSSEY is a re-telling of the story of Odysseus’ ten-year journey home to Ithica and to his wife Penelope, written by iDiOM Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao and directed by Ashley Albertson (Seussical the Musical, Marian: The True Tale of Robin Hood).

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Summer Rep: AN ILIAD, by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare | iDiOM Theater

Thu, August 22 @ 7:30 pm

Our final FREE outdoor theater production in the 2019 Summer Rep! AN ILIAD ends the summer season looking back at the events that started it all. Homer’s epic story of Achilles and Hector is masterfully retold by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. A remount of iDiOM’s 2017 production, this time outdoors in the open air amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park.

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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in Concert | Bellingham Folk School

Thu, September 19 @ 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.

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