Corbett Center for the Performing Arts

Fisheye view of the Corbett Center for the Perfroming Arts at dusk

The Corbett Center for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of the CCM Village, featuring a fully equipped proscenium theater and a comprehensive theater production wing.

The history of CCM facilities has been long tied to the generosity of Patricia and J. Ralph Corbett, and the Corbett name is much in evidence throughout the facility.

Facilities include:

  • Three dance studios (with observation room), therapy and dressing rooms
  • Five large movement and acting rehearsal rooms
  • Digital recording and editing studio, a MIDI lab and computer workstations for music notation and sequencing programs
  • Teaching studios
  • Internet-ready teaching/presentation "smart classrooms"
  • Full orchestral and band rehearsal halls
  • Jazz Record Library housing over 10,000 historic LP's
  • Administrative offices for dance, jazz studies and opera/musical theatre/drama/arts administration
  • CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement Offices

In addition, the Corbett Center houses:

Patricia Corbett Theater

Opened in 1971 and fully renovated in 2018, this 378-seat modified thrust theater is used for ballet, chamber and solo recitals, along with opera, musical theatre and acting performances. It contains a large Casavant Tracker organ.

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Watson Recital Hall

The renovated 140-seat recital hall contains a Balcolm and Vaughan organ of 44 ranks, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Strader, IV. Watson Hall also serves as a fully equipped smart classroom.

Theatre Production Wing

Opened January 1996, the theatre production wing includes:

  • 8,500 square foot scene shop
  • 3,000 square foot costume shop
  • Wig, make-up and prosthetics studios
  • 1,500 square foot design/drafting studio
  • 800 square foot light lab
  • CAD drafting stations
  • Sound design studios
  • Theatre design and production offices

Corbett Auditorium

Empty seats in the Corbett Auditorium

Originally opened in 1967 and most-recently renovated in 2018, the 663-seat Corbett Auditorium is fully equipped with complete stage and lighting facilities for the presentation of choral, orchestral and wind concerts, ballet, opera, musical theatre and recitals. Fiber connectivity to CCM audio and video recording studios allows all performances to be recorded. The auditorium contains a three-manual Harrison and Harrison (English) organ of 60 ranks. The auditorium facilities also include guest and chorus dressing rooms and adjacent warm-up rooms.

Cohen Family Studio Theater

This studio theater with flexible seating for approximately 120 serves as the home for CCM's workshop series and laboratory productions. Opened in 1999, the studio theater has quickly become one of CCM's most dynamic performance spaces. In 2002 the studio theater was renamed in honor of the A.B., Dolly and Ralph Cohen Foundation's $3.8 million gift to CCM.

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