College of Arts and Humanities

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts recognized as one of nation’s best college theaters


The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts has been named one of the 20 best college theaters in the U.S. by College Rank for its architectural design, world-class performances and other unique features.

The No. 13 ranking unveiled on Monday placed Clemson University ahead of the University of Florida, Penn State University and the University of Maryland. A ranking summary said the Brooks Center “is infused with a modern flair.”

“Step inside, and the Brooks Center reveals its grandeur,” College Rank said. “The auditorium is a marvel of cutting-edge acoustics, lighting and sound systems. It is perfect for everything from intimate solo performances to grand theatrical productions.”

April will mark the Brooks Center’s 30th anniversary after the $2.5 million gift from Robert Howell Brooks established the venue which opened on April 15, 1994. Upcoming events in March include two performances of the “Little Women” adaptation by Kate Hamill and The Peking Acrobats. There will also be a free concert featuring solo violinist Geneva Lewis on Thursday, March 28, as part of the Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series.

National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” has featured 99 Utsey Chamber Music Series recordings at the Brooks Center, making the theater a popular stop for visiting artists to produce live recordings because of the College’s esteemed audio technology program.

For three decades, the Brooks Center has been a cornerstone in shaping the cultural landscape of our region and it’s an honor to receive national recognition once again for our outstanding facility and commitment to artistic excellence.


Leading into its 30th season of programming next year, the Brooks Center and College of Arts and Humanities’ Department of Performing Arts have commissioned a new piece for orchestra and jazz trio by Performing Arts alumnus Michael Geib. “Tigertown Dreams” will premiere on April 16, 2024, at the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra concert. The performance, led by Kimberly Souther, will begin with another Brooks Center commission, “Jambo! Fanfare for a New Hall” by Paul Basler, which premiered at the Brook Center’s grand opening in 1994.

“Through hosting world-class artists, facilitating enriching masterclasses and workshops for students and offering educational programs that foster a deeper appreciation for the arts, the Brooks Center’s impact is truly immeasurable,” Brooks Center executive director Janice Crews said. “The enduring legacy of the Brooks Center will continue to thrive over the next 30 years and beyond.”

About the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

Established in 1994, the Brooks Center has been Clemson’s performing arts hub for three decades. This 87,000-square-foot facility serves as a professional roadhouse, hosting world-class professional music, theatre and dance performances throughout the academic year in its spacious, yet intimate, 979-seat proscenium auditorium. In addition to professional productions, the Brooks Center is also home to the Department of Performing Arts, offering a dynamic, hands-on undergraduate experience.

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