Vision takes form: A sneak peek at Brown’s future arts hub

The University unveils design renderings for its new Performing Arts Center.

One of the signature features of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) is the main performance hall, which can transform into five different configurations.

“It is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ auditorium, mediocre to all and excellent for none,” says Joshua Ramus, founder and principal of REX. “It is literally five very specific, high-performance configurations in one. No other single-space venue can be a 250-seat chamber for spoken word and a 625-seat hall for a 100-piece orchestra, both with exceptional acoustics and intimacy.”

Aside from the main hall, the space boasts a suite of modern studios, rehearsal spaces, and intimate performance venues for students and faculty to use as everyday academic resources. The building also promises stunning views of campus from its lobby, created with a $20 million gift from Diana Nelson ’17 and John Atwater ’83, P’17. 

“The Performing Arts Center’s innovative, flexible design will establish the building itself as a deeply integral part of the artistic process,” says President Christina Paxson. “It promises to inspire groundbreaking creation, collaboration and experimentation in ways we can’t even yet imagine.”

The University announced initials plans for the project in 2017 following the launch of the Brown Arts Initiative. Construction is slated to begin later in the year at the building site on Angell Street, with completion expected for spring 2022.

(February 2019. Adapted from an article on


For information about supporting the new performing arts center, please contact:

Jeffrey Cabral
Director of Development for Academic Initiatives