The New Performing Arts Center

A New Venue to Experience Theater, Music, Dance, and Culture at Stevenson

The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Family Performing Arts Center

Construction to Start in 2024

Planning stages for Stevenson University’s new Performing Arts Center are now underway. With a major gift from the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation, the university has received significant support for the construction of this exciting new venue. In honor of their generosity, Stevenson will name the new facility the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Family Performing Arts Center.

The 38,000-square-foot facility will support an enriching campus life of theater, music, dance, cultural events, fashion shows, and guest speakers. The Center will be adjacent to our new Philip A. Zaffere Library and join the Manning Academic Center and School of Design, Arts, and Communication as part of Stevenson’s North campus academic hub.

The Center will serve the students of our Theatre and Media Performance program, providing a new venue for the program’s stage productions. In addition, it will create a new home and performance space for our music and dance programs and venues for our students involved in other fine arts projects through our English Language and Literature, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, Film and Moving Image, and Graphic Design programs.

Stevenson values its relationship with our greater community, and the new Sandra and Malcolm Berman Family Performing Arts Center will allow the university to host groups and organizations for special events and programs.

Supporting the Performing Arts Center

The University welcomes philanthropic support for the new Center.

If you would like to know more about how your gift can help enrich the educational experience of Stevenson students today and for decades to come, please contact Chris Vaughan, Vice President of University Advancement, at or call 443-334-2624.

“I hope you will consider supporting Stevenson with a gift for this exciting new addition to our campus. Our highest priority is the academic, social, and professional development of our students. This project will provide our students in the performing arts with the facilities needed to help them learn and develop their skills at the highest level. In addition, it will help us make great strides in our mission to provide the exceptional experiences, top-tier facilities, and supportive environment that fosters their growth and expands their potential for post-college success.”

Elliot L. Hirshman, Ph.D.
President of Stevenson University

Lights, Stage, Action!

Facilities planned for the New Performing Arts Center include:

  • Samuelson Foundation Theater
  • Fine Foundation Lobby
  • Music Performance Stage
  • Bozzuto Family Box Office
  • Scene Shop
  • Support Spaces


Stevenson University Announces Naming Gift for New Performing Arts Center

Barbara and Tom Bozzuto Donate $150,000 to Stevenson’s New Performing Arts Center

Fine Foundation Gives $500,000 to Support Stevenson’s New Performing Arts Center

Our Educational and Career Mission

Originally founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, today Stevenson University serves more than 3,800 students—traditional undergraduate as well as graduate, professional, and doctoral students—on campus and online.

In and out of the classroom, Stevenson provides its students with exceptional experiences and connections to careers in a close-knit community that supports their academic, social, and post-college professional success. This approach has produced very positive results. Our annual post-graduation surveys regularly show that more than 94% of its alumni are working or attending graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Architectural renderings of Stevenson’s new Black Box Theatre and Performing Arts Center.