About the Modlin Center

Mailing Address
Modlin Center for the Arts
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
General Inquiries
(804) 287-6632
Fax
(804) 287-6681
Box Office
(804) 289-8980
Mission & Vision

Mission:
We present diverse and vibrant arts experiences that inspire, engage, and enrich the community on- and off-campus. 


Vision:

  • Develop and nurture arts awareness campus wide and in the community beyond by encouraging and facilitating active participation and engagement.
  • Challenge and inspire audiences with transformative arts and cultural experiences. 
  • Foster the creative process through the development of new works, the cultivation of artistic and academic collaboration, and the exploration of the intrinsic value of the arts.
  • Provide, maintain, and manage world-class facilities.    
  • Address a changing world by providing a forum for the arts on campus through programming, visibility, and dialogue. 
History

In 1992, the University began working on a plan for an expanded arts center to improve the performance, rehearsal and exhibition venues, classrooms, and studios for the visual and performing arts, and to provide room for continued growth. The plan was for the new building to connect to the existing Modlin Fine Arts building with an archway above Keller Road similar to the archway in North Court. The existing Emily Gardner Room and the Keller Gymnasium would be a converted for use by the art and art history department. The area occupied by Crenshaw pool would become part of a new theater complex that would house a new theater and dance venue and related shop space. Camp Theater would become a concert hall.

Booker Hall renovations were complete and the building was ready for occupancy by the fall of 1995. A new studio theater, the Cousins Studio, replaced the Q-Hut as a place to hold theater classes and stage productions.  Twenty years later, the Modlin Center for the Arts, led by Executive Director Deborah Sommers, has become a leading performing arts center in the region.  The ModlinArts Performing Arts Series is now in its 17th season. 

When the project was completed, the former single-building complex was transformed into 165,000 square feet of state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms for the arts. The new Modlin Center for the Arts is home to the ModlinArts Performing Arts Series and administrative offices, the departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Parsons Music Library.

In 2014, renovations began on Alice Jepson Theatre that included the instiallation of a state-of-the-art sound system and an addition with dance studio, acting studio, and additional green room space. The renovation is projected to be completed in June of 2017.

Revnovations on the Booker Hall of Music began in May of 2017 and will include improvments to HVAC systems; greater ADA compliance; an expanded music library; additional classroom and lab space; and upgrades to sound, lights, and acoustics within Camp Concert Hall. 

Fast Facts

Dedication
October 4, 1996

Architects
Marcellus, Wright, Cox and Smith (Edward A. Smith)

Acousticians
Jaffe, Holden, Scarborough

Size
165,000 total square feet
50,708 Booker Hall
43,552 Visual Arts Building (formerly part of Keller Hall)
70,740 Modlin Center (1996 construction)

Staff Listing

Administration

Ms. Deborah S. Sommers
Executive Director
Office: (804) 287-6632
Fax: (804) 287-6681
E-mail

Ms. Shannon Hooker
Assistant Director
Office: (804) 287-6599
E-mail

Ms. Beverly J. Bradshaw
Administrative Coordinator
Office: (804) 287-6632
Fax: (804) 287-6681
E-mail

Marketing and Ticket Sales

Mr. Jonathan Gunter
Marketing Director
Office: (804) 287-6893
Fax: (804) 287-6681
E-mail

Ms. Jessie N. Haut
Box Office Manager
Office: (804) 287-6023
Fax: (804) 287-6681
E-mail

Operations and Audience Services

Mr. Christopher O'Neil
Operations Manager
Office: (804) 287-6601
Fax: (804) 287-6031
E-mail

Production and Artist Services

Mr. Sean Farrell
Production Manager
Office: (804) 287-6898
Fax: (804) 287-6031
E-mail

Mr. Robert Richards
Assistant Production Manager
Office: (804) 287-6839
Fax: (804) 287-6031
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Mr. Patrick Kraehenbuehl
Assistant Production Manager
Office: (804) 287-6618
Fax: (804) 287-6031
E-mail 

Ms. Jo Bachman
Artist Services Manager
Office: (804) 287-6603 
Fax: (804) 287-6681
E-mail 

Mr. Ray Breakall
Piano Specialist
Office: (804) 287-6342
Fax: (804) 287-6031
E-mail