The Future of Performing Arts at Auburn University

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Art Center Exterior Rendering (Woodfield)

The Future of Performing Arts at Auburn University 

 
 
 
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The influence of a modern performing arts center is found in its promise of high-quality artistic opportunities, ranging from world-class performances in music, dance, theatre, opera, and nationally touring Broadway productions. Housing state of the art spaces and venues with superior acoustics and fully integrated technology, the new performing arts center will include a 1,200-seat main theatre, a spacious open lobby on two levels, and a porch and lawn amphitheater.

 
Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center Architectural Plans
 
 
 

Auburn University’s ability to facilitate learning through the exploration and performance of the arts is a critical component of its engagement to the community. The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center will complement and enhance university, community, and regional initiatives to create inclusive artistic programming that provides meaningful experiences to the community and beyond. Superior artistic programming, with an unwavering commitment to quality, will provide access to world-class performances by internationally prominent artists elevating the university and community to a new level of prestige.

 
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Ballet dancer

“We’re building a world-class facility that is going to be one of the top university venues in the country. We'll have some of the best artists, best performers and best educators coming to Auburn to elevate the arts and engage our community.”

Christopher Heacox

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A Vision Becomes Reality

 

In 2015, John and Rosemary Brown gave the largest gift in Auburn University’s history, a $57 million commitment to support Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University. They designated a portion of that gift, $25 million, as the lead gift to ensure the construction of a new, world-class performing arts center on Auburn University’s campus. The new center will support the university’s vision to provide culturally enriching experiences for the university, the community, and the region.

 
 
 John and Rosemary Brown

John and Rosemary Brown

 
 

John and Rosemary Brown earned bachelor’s degrees from Auburn in 1957 in chemical engineering and chemistry, respectively. In addition to the performing arts center, they have been generous donors to Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. John is chairman emeritus of Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s premier medical equipment companies, and Rosemary spent nearly 30 years as a mathematics teacher. Their commitment to the arts extends beyond Auburn through their involvement with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Atlanta Opera.