For 40 years, the Ernest W. Hartung Theater has been a place for the campus and the community to come together and enjoy the performing arts. However, it has also served as a vibrant learning environment. It is a laboratory where students develop the craft of acting, designing, stage managing, directing and playwriting. A place where their peers from other disciplines, such as music and dance, come to collaborate as artists, and a place where devoted professional faculty members share their knowledge and experience.
But a lot has changed over the past four decades. Access to public buildings has improved, sound systems for the hearing impaired have been revolutionized, and new technologies and safety equipment have been developed to improve the theatrical experience for both the audience and the artists.
Designed by ALSC Architects of Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, the Hartung Theater has been re-envisioned to meet the needs and take advantage of the insights and innovations of the 21st Century.
The renovation is planned in three phases.
- Phase 1 (Currently underway) - Theater's proscenium, stage deck and rigging system will be upgraded.
- Phase 2 - Audience seating replacement & reconfigurement, sound & hearing impaired wireless installation, and replacement of old drapes.
- Phase 3 - Lobby and outdoor entrance redesign.
In this effort, theatre arts alumni Bill Fagerbakke and Academy Award winning actress Anna Pearce (Patty Duke) have agreed to act as honorary co-chairs of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Performing Arts Campaign.
You can be apart of this exciting project by contributing to the Hartung Theater Renovation fund.