Originally a 1929 silent movie theatre, the Stevens Center is a magnificently restored neoclassical theatre located in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. Re-opened in April 1983, the Stevens Center is the primary performance space for University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as for the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera Theatre and several other local and state arts organizations.
The Stevens Center is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a two-channel hearing assistance system. A total of 1,364 seats on two levels offer superb sightlines and exceptional acoustics.
As the fall arts season approaches, we are excited to welcome audiences back to the Stevens Center, the primary performance space for UNCSA as well as a cultural destination in downtown Winston-Salem for both residents and visitors.
As you return, you might notice things look a little bit different. Out of an abundance of caution, and to preserve an optimal patron experience, UNCSA has closed the balcony for the foreseeable future due to cosmetic deterioration of surfaces resulting from deferred repairs to the roof.
UNCSA has been seeking state funding for a comprehensive renovation of the Stevens Center, which is not only the school’s largest learning laboratory but also an economic driver for downtown Winston-Salem and home to the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera and National Black Theatre Festival. We are optimistic the project will be funded so we can move forward with necessary repairs and upgrades that will preserve and enhance the venue’s use as a classroom and will improve the experience of our patrons and our partner organizations. UNCSA is grateful for the support of our Forsyth County state legislators and the leaders of the UNC System who share our vision for the historic landmark.