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Soka University's beautiful new 1,000-seat Soka Performing Arts Center and Wangari Maathai Hall add approximately 95,000 square feet to the SUA Campus.  Located behind Founders Hall, the Soka Performing Arts Center features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.  In addition, the adjacent Maathai Hall features a new black box theater and dance studio, and adds 11 classrooms and 29 additional offices to support academic programs.

Designed to truly reflect the university's commitment to sustainability, both buildings have been built to high LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs.  Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility's electrical needs.  See our Soka Performing Arts Center Fact Sheet and solar generation statistics!

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Additional support facilities include four large-group dressing rooms plus a star dressing room, each with their own restroom and shower facilities; laundry facilities for touring groups; sound isolated rehearsal rooms; ample loading space with truck height dock; extensive state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting capabilities; and multiple power connection services for touring productions.

Soka University says farewell to General Manager David Palmer

David Palmer

Time to say Aloha

After 7 very successful seasons, General Manager David Palmer is retiring and turning over the reins of the Soka Performing Arts Center to incoming General Manager, Renee Bodie.  "Opening the Soka Performing Arts Center has been an exceptional honor.  The entire university community has been extremely supportive of everything that I have dreamed and accomplished.  And the PAC staff has been outstanding. I could not have accomplished anything without them."

So, what's next for David? "First, some well deserved rest, then off to Hawaii Island to lead a small group on a cultural exploration of King Kamehamea's birthplace and first seat of government," he stated. "I've been enamored of Hawaiian culture since starting the Hawaiian music series at Whittier College 25 years ago.  I now have the opportunity to visit the islands and learn even more about the culture and history."

David's final day will be September 30, 2018.

Soka University Welcomes Incoming General Manager Renee Bodie

Renee Bodie

Quick Facts:

Quick Facts:

  • Concert Hall Seating – 1032 (variable) on three levels
  • Black Box Theatre Seating – 160-260 (variable)

Construction Credits:

Black Box Theatre

Black Box Theatre