Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Gonzaga University Campus

Friday, October 5, 2018

About the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center

Size: 58,000 square-feet on two stories
Cost: $30 million
Mainstage Theatre: 759 seats (595 on the orchestra level, 164 in the balcony and side boxes)
Recital Hall: 168 seats in a more intimate space with variable acoustics

Special Features: The stage features a proscenium arch and a fly loft. The orchestra pit can rise to create a “thrust” stage area or descend for an orchestra during a musical or dance production. On the second floor is an interdisciplinary arts design studio. 

The Benefactor: Miss Myrtle Woldson was a life-long Spokane resident who invested in real estate locally and in Seattle. Upon her passing in 2014 at the age of 104, Miss Woldson bequeathed her estate to Gonzaga University to support the performing arts and to provide scholarships for students with financial need. 

The Myrtle Woldson Collection, adjacent to the center’s second-floor lobby, pays tribute to Miss Woldson and inspires students and visitors to pursue self-empowerment. The museum-like series of spaces includes narrative panels and multimedia displays celebrating Miss Woldson's life, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. The Collection will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (starting April 17) in addition to performance days and times.

Location: 211 E. DeSmet (corner of Pearl and DeSmet)
Parking: Street parking on Sharp, DeSmet, Boone and others is free but limited; Passenger drop off is permitted at the entrance at Pearl and DeSmet. Public parking in campus lots is available after 5 p.m. for free. (All lots and spaces marked with a yellow “Y” are reserved at all times for campus residents with parking permits.) 

Facility Director: Laura Sims
More information: Info – 509-313-4776 | Box Office: 509-313-2787 (313-ARTS)
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