Fine and Performing Arts students at
Webb have facilities to learn and develop skills across a broad spectrum
of visual, dramatic, musical and digital arts.
Copeland Donahue Theater and Digital Media Studio
Created through a gift by Jim '42 and Lin Burke, the Copeland
Donahue Theater is truly “unbounded” in many ways. The theater is a type
often called a Black Box because of its plain, black interior. This
style allows for a more flexible performance space and is a favorite for
non-traditional theater productions. In addition, the theater holds a
hi-tech digital media studio for creating cutting-edge digital works.
Yet perhaps even more forward-thinking than these features is the design
of the theater itself. From concept through construction, both the
building and grounds were planned with sustainability as a priority.
The theater and the art installation on the adjacent hillside each won
on an Excellence in Design Award from the City of Claremont in 2009.
The theater has quickly become a new center for the Fine and
Performing Arts at Webb. It has hosted plays, concerts, art shows and
guest artist lectures as well as theater arts and digital media classes.
Visual arts students use drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramics and
other techniques to explore and reflect upon their world with
creativity. The art studio also includes wood-working equipment, a
smelting furnace, a ceramics wheel, a kiln and student gallery space.
Susan A. Nelson Center for the Performing Arts
The newly renovated theater complex of the Susan
A. Nelson Performing Arts Center, with its state-of-the-art technology,
seating, stage, and back-of-the-house, also houses innovative
next-generation classroom spaces. Together with the award-winning
Copeland Donahue Black Box Theater and Digital Media Studio, more than
$6 million has been devoted to enhancing the arts at Webb.
center’s Liu Cheung Theater seats nearly 300 and features a
state-of-the-art control booth with professional grade lighting and
sound systems, two spotlights, a cyclorama with LED lighting, a sprung
floor on the stage, lighting catwalks, a rehearsal room and a dedicated
machine shop for fabricating sets and props.
visitors to the center are welcomed by the soaring sculpture “Lead
Singers,” created by longtime Webb art teacher Blair Maffris.