Stevens Center

Stevens Center

Originally a 1929 silent movie theatre, the Stevens Center is a magnificently restored neoclassical building located in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. Reopened in 1983 with a redesigned stage and backstage that was designed to house Broadway-scale live performances of music, theater, dance and opera, the Stevens Center is the primary performance space for UNCSA as well as for the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera, National Black Theatre Festival, and several other local arts organizations.

The historic performing arts venue serves as the largest learning laboratory at UNCSA, an economic driver for downtown Winston-Salem and a cultural destination for both residents and visitors. The Stevens Center is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a two-channel hearing assistance system.

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.

Stevens Center Renovation

UNCSA has received the first round of state funding that will launch Phase One of a multiphase, comprehensive renovation of the Stevens Center. The nationally recognized firms Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Charlotte, and Steinberg Hart, based in Los Angeles, have been announced as the design team that will lead the project, which is the first significant renovation of the building since it reopened in 1983. Goals include improving the patron and artistic experience for all the venue’s constituents, making critical upgrades to modernize the student learning experience, as well completing necessary roof and building envelope repair.

UNCSA is grateful for the support of state legislative leaders and the governor, as well as our Forsyth County delegation and the leaders of the UNC System who share our vision for the historic landmark. UNCSA will continue to seek a combination of public and private funding for this and future phases of the comprehensive renovation.

Stevens Center Renovation Timeline

The Stevens Center will remain open for rehearsals and performances at least through the 2022-23 season. Advance planning and design will begin immediately and are expected to take 12 to 18 months, after which the entire building is anticipated to go dark for approximately two years during the construction phase. Information about alternate venues for the UNCSA performance season, community programs and partner organizations while the Stevens Center is dark will be announced at a later date.

Stevens Center Renovation FAQ

When will the Stevens Center close for the construction phase?

The Stevens Center will remain open for rehearsals and performances at least through the 2022-23 season. Advance planning and design will begin in summer 2022 and are expected to take 12 to 18 months, during which time the building will remain open.

When will the renovation be complete?

The comprehensive renovation of the Stevens Center will be a multiphase project. For Phase One, advance planning and design will begin in summer 2022 and are expected to take 12 to 18 months, after which the entire building is anticipated to go dark for approximately two years for construction.

Where will UNCSA and constituent organizations perform while Stevens Center is dark?

Information about alternate venues for the UNCSA performance season, community programs and partner organizations while the Stevens Center is dark will be announced at a later date.

Where will UNCSA present "The Nutcracker"?

UNCSA will present "The Nutcracker" at the Stevens Center in December 2022. UNCSA remains committed to presenting an in-person production of the beloved holiday tradition during the renovation. We are looking at a variety of options that will be convenient for our patrons that will be announced at a later date.