Western Illinois University obtained the services of Cannon Design to design a new performing arts center. The center includes a 1,400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium with 2 balconies, a 250-seat thrust theatre and a 150-seat studio theatre. The facility also houses dance, jazz, and theatre rehearsal studios to fulfill the academic mission of the building. The Proscenium Theatre serves as the premier performing arts facility, on campus and in the region, for live theatre performances and major music performances. The theatre features a modern fly-loft and backstage area, superior sound and lighting systems, acoustic orchestra shell, climate-controlled piano storage, and a large loading dock to allow the center to accommodate the often-complex requirements of touring performances.
The Thrust Theatre and the Studio Theatre provide smaller, more intimate venues. The Thrust Theatre feature fixed floor seating and a small balcony with views of three sides of the stage. It also retains the utility of a backstage area and a technical control booth found in modern thrust theatres. The Studio Theatre provide an extremely versatile rehearsal and performance space with flexible seating options that is easily configured to facilitate dynamic performance requirements. The center includes multiple-use spaces such as the lobby/gallery and a VIP room, as well as two dance studios, a jazz rehearsal room, and 2 theatre rehearsal rooms that serve those respective academic disciplines. The box office serves the ticketing needs of the campus and community, and feature ticket sales for all campus events. Dressing rooms adjacent to the theatres, a scenery/design workshop, a costume shop, and administrative offices are located in the new facility.