Lynn’s state-of-the-art Wold Performing Arts Center to be dedicated in two weeks

Patrons invited to walk on stage, take self-guided tours and mingle in the salon
Lynn’s state-of-the-art Wold Performing Arts Center to be dedicated in two weeks Photo taken March 2, 2010

Published Mar. 02, 2010

The Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center is now a reality. The newest state-of-the-art facility in South Florida located on Lynn University’s campus in the heart of Boca Raton features superb acoustics, a modern lighting system, a large, light-filled lobby, and flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events.

Wold Rendering
Rendering of the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

The public dedication on Thursday, March 18 at 4 p.m., will feature a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by an open house where patrons will be invited to explore every nook and cranny of the building, tour the spacious dressing rooms, see a performance by Lynn’s drama students in the intimate rehearsal studio and even take the spotlight on stage with Florida’s first lady of theatre Jan McArt and dean of Lynn’s Conservatory of Music Jon Robertson. Following self-guided tours, everyone will be invited for a reception in the building’s elegant salon and outdoor sunset terrace.

Wold PAC on March 2
Photo taken of the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on March 2, 2010

Designed by nationally acclaimed architect Herbert S. Newman, the 750-seat performing arts center will be home to live theatrical performances by the university's theatre arts program and professional Live at Lynn series, as well as Conservatory of Music concerts and other university-hosted events. This transformational new center will offer opportunities for teaching, learning and performing.

The first public performance in the new facility is set for Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 18, at 4 p.m., featuring Mitzi Gaynor performing Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins. Ticket prices for the event are available in three price levels: $75 (Box), $65 (Orchestra) and $45 (Mezzanine). Contact Lynn’s box office at 561-237-9000 or visit www.lynn.edu/tickets to purchase tickets.

Additional details

Lead donor Elaine J. Wold has committed $8.3 million for construction of the theater that will bear her – and her late husband’s – name. Mrs. Wold began supporting Lynn’s theatre arts program in 2004 with a $1 million gift that created the Keith C. Wold, MD Memorial Fund for the Development of Theatre Arts. In May of 2007, the university publicly announced Elaine J. Wold’s gift of $6 million toward the construction of The Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. When Wold made an additional $2.3 million challenge grant in support of the project, additional generous benefactors came forward to meet the challenge. Gifts have also been donated to start an endowment for the care of the facility and programs.

The Wold Performing Arts Center is the first building constructed on Lynn’s campus in five years – and the first building since Ross was named president.

Questions regarding the Dedication Ceremony should be directed to Lynn’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 561-237-7467.