Santa Clara University


Performing Arts Facilities

Mayer Theatre

Mayer Theatre houses the Mayer Theatre Main Stage, the Fess Parker Studio Theatre, and the administrative and theatre faculty offices for Santa Clara University's Department of Theatre and Dance. Up-to-date lighting and sound systems, completely fitted scene and costume shops, a rehearsal hall and dressing rooms make Mayer Theatre an excellent place to perform and work.

Mayer Theatre Main Stage

Named after the founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer film company, Mayer Theatre was dedicated by actress Helen Hayes in 1975 and is continually maintained and updated as a state-of-the-art performance space. The main house is based on a flexible proscenium/thrust stage. Seating capacity varies between 390-570 depending on stage configuration.

Fess Parker Studio Theatre

The Fess Parker Studio, a "black box" theatre, has variable staging with a seating capacity of up to 130.


Music & Dance Building

The Music & Dance Building houses a 250-seat Recital Hall, two dance studios, and the administrative, dance faculty, and music faculty offices for Santa Clara University's Department of Music and Center of Performing Arts. The building is equipped with outstanding educational and performing facilities such as a
Rehearsal Hall, classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, an Electronic Media Lab, a library of recordings and scores, practice rooms, and dressing rooms.


Music and Dance Building
Music Recital Hall

The Music & Dance Building has a 250-seat Recital Hall, where student, faculty, and guest recitals, as well as many choral and chamber music performances, are held. The historic Mission Church, founded in 1851, also serves as performance space for the Santa Clara University Orchestra and Choral Ensembles.


Recital Hall
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