Welcome to the new Noorda Center for the Performing Arts

Students will begin using the brand-new Noorda Center for the Performing Arts in January 2019 for classes, rehearsals and performances.

The building was made possible by generous gifts from the community, from individuals to corporations, and will be the new Utah Valley hub for fine arts performances and displays that showcase not only student excellence but local artists and traveling shows, totalling approximately 120 shows per year.

With 130,000 square feet of performance and teaching space, the possibilities to explore, create, enrich and grow are truly endless. Each unique performance space invites audiences in for an intimate and highly professional arts experience. Take a sneak peak below at the building!

OC Tanner Atrium

The space is airy, art-filled, and features a breathtaking wall of windows that shows off the mountains. The sculpture in the OC Tanner atrium titled Virga comprises 1,700 hand-blown glass rods. The environmental art piece is internet enabled and gets its ever-changing color scheme from the colors in the sky outside, as provided by a live-feed from the National Weather Service

 noorda atrium

Barbara Barrington-Jones Family Foundation Theatre

With 175 seats and movable walls, the theatre can be optimized for a variety of uses. Two separate dance studios by day but a proscenium theatre by night, this venue has a retractable dividing wall and retractable audience seating (when it comes to comfort, think box seats, not bleachers). To avoid the tongue twister, this venue is most often referred to simply as the Jones Theatre.


Nuskin Recital Hall

Acoustically treated, and hung with plush velvet curtains, the recital hall is as grand as it is intimate, with 125 seats. This flex-space seamlessly converts from a classroom complete with desks, to a 125-seat choral performance venue

 nuskin recital hall noorda uvu

Concert Hall

The stunning hall will be the Utah Valley home of the Utah Symphony, with its professional accoustics and large capacity of 724. The space also has a 165-seat choir loft above the stage. Mechanized velvet curtains surround the entire venue at the press of a button to tailor the acoustical profile to each unique musical number


Scott & Karen Smith Theatre

Seats 502 (meeting the minimum seating requirement for equity touring companies), includes an orchestra pit and features a gorgeous proscenium stage unlike anything else in Utah County. There are only 60 feet between the stage to the back wall of the venue, which means there’s not a bad seat in the house. An orchestra pit below the stage accommodates a 35-piece ensemble allowing for live accompaniment for operas and other productions


Melanie Laycock Bastian Theatre

Formerly known as the Blackbox Theatre, it is the up-close look at theatre you have come to know and love. This blackbox theatre is incredibly versatile, and the possibilities for configuration are endless. Used mainly for student productions, this venue’s capacity can range from 50-200

 bastian theatre noorda uvu

The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts also boasts 27 teaching studios to accommodate one-on-one instruction, and 27 sound proof practice spaces for students and professionals to hone their craft.


Outdoor Amphitheatre

Located just outside the OC Tanner atrium, this 150-seat stage will be used for outdoor Shakespeare productions during the warmer months


Instrument Ensemble Room

This venue is often used as a music rehearsal space as its footprint is identical to that of the Concert Hall stage. In the future, the space will frequently be transformed into a cabaret-style lounge fit for UVU’s talented Jazz combos and guest artists


Come see it for yourself!

Save the Date: Join us for "The Week of Dreams"

March 25 - 30

As we celebrate the grand opening of our Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, a week of incredible events will ensue.

  • An Evening with Jason Alexander
  • The Utah Symphony
  • Presidential Inauguration of Astrid S. Tuminez
  • Curtain Up! An Evening of Broadway
  • Festive Overture: A Musical Celebration
  • Bodies in Motion: A Showcase of UVU Dance
  • The Arts Masquerade: Royal Reverie Ball
  • Sierra Boggess in Concert
  • Noordapalooza featuring The Strike