Stevens Center Renovation

Stevens Center Renovation

The historic Stevens Center serves as the largest learning laboratory at UNCSA, an economic driver for downtown Winston-Salem, and a cultural destination for residents and visitors.

Almost 40 years since the last significant renovation of the Stevens Center, a comprehensive renovation is underway that will address necessary repairs and modern upgrades.

Stevens Center Renovation FAQs

When will the Stevens Center close for construction?

The Stevens Center will close for Phase 1 of the multi-phase, comprehensive renovation on Nov. 15, 2023. 

Where will performances be held during the renovation?

During the renovation, UNCSA and constituent organizations will present events normally held at the Stevens Center in venues on campus and throughout Winston-Salem and at High Point Theatre. Visit uncsa.edu/performances for more information.

What is happening to the Box Office?

The UNCSA Box Office will move to Watson Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., beginning Thursday, Oct. 26. The Box Office will maintain its current operating hours, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the contact phone number will remain the same, 336-721-1945. Online sales will not be affected.  

Where will UNCSA present "The Nutcracker?"

UNCSA will present its 2023 performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, as its historic home, the Stevens Center, begins its long-anticipated renovation.

What is the current status of the renovation?

UNCSA, in partnership with the design and construction team, is now in Phase 1 of the renovation. The construction for Phase 1 will begin on Nov. 15, 2023.

Funding for Phase 2 of the renovation was included in the recently passed North Carolina state budget, which will allow UNCSA to complete the comprehensive renovation and to dovetail Phases 1 and 2, creating a more efficient construction timeline. Further details about the timeline will be announced when Phase 2 planning is complete.  

Who is the design and construction team for the renovation?

Nationally recognized firms Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Charlotte, and Steinberg Hart, based in Los Angeles, are the design team for Phase 1 of the renovation.

The Winston-Salem-based Frank L. Blum Construction Company-W.C. Construction Company is the construction manager for Phase 1 of the renovation.

What is included in Phase 1?

Phase 1 of the Stevens Center renovation, led by nationally recognized design and architecture team of Little and Steinberg Hart, will include a significant redesign of the lobby that will create a more expansive, transformative experience for patrons and bring the Stevens Center in line with modern theaters of today, while making efforts to retain the 1929 building’s historic character. The lobby, which was initially designed to accommodate the needs of the building’s original iteration as a movie theater and adapted for the performing arts in 1983, will be redesigned to create a more organic and fluid entry for audiences and visitors as well as increase accessibility and amenities. Improvements focused on patron comfort, such as renovated restrooms and updated concession spaces, will also be included. 

In addition to the lobby, the main priority of Phase 1 is to make critical repairs to the exterior of the building to address water intrusion and ensure it is watertight, allowing for improvements to the interior of the venue planned in Phase 2. This will include replacing the roof and making repairs to the brick exterior, terra-cotta façade, and windows. Improvements to back-of-house spaces including the dressing rooms and green room will also be made. 

What is included in Phase 2?

Phase 2 will complete the renovation and include a comprehensive transformation of the audience chamber, including enhancements to seating and the stage, as well as a reconfigured balcony with improved sightlines. Technological improvements will allow students and partners to work with state-of-the-art equipment that meets current industry standards. 

Stevens Center renovation rendering

Phase 1 of the Stevens Center renovation

Phase 1 will include a significant redesign of the lobby that will create a more expansive, transformative experience for patrons. It will also include replacing the roof and repairing the exterior. Improvements will be made to back-of-house spaces including the dressing rooms and green room. The Stevens Center will close for construction on Nov. 15, 2023. Construction is expected to last two years. UNCSA is working in collaboration with the nationally recognized design and architecture team of Little and Steinberg Hart, for Phase 1 of the renovation.

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