It may not pack in 80,000-plus for events like Memorial Stadium, but the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts plays a crucial role in the life of the University and the community. While it serves as a location for stellar performances by outstanding artists, it also fulfills its mission of encouraging emerging artists and experimental works, inviting a broader audience to enjoy performances and providing resources and support for performing arts students and faculty.

The Brooks Center is home to the Department of Performing Arts, an academic unit within the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. The department is comprised of more than 50 faculty and staff, nearly 100 performing arts majors, and more than 1,500 students taking part in various bands, orchestras, choral ensembles, and theatre productions. As an academic unit, the department offers a wide range of courses, including music theory, lighting design, composition, history of country music, theatre appreciation, African-American theatre history, stage management, and scenic design.

In addition to student ensemble performances, the Brooks Center sponsors four series of events: The Boni Belle Brooks Series, the premier series that presents jazz, opera, musicals and plays, ballet, modern dance and symphony orchestras; the Utsey Chamber Music Series, which presents up-and-coming stars free of of charge; the Family Series, offering family-friendly entertainment for all; and the Eskridge Tri-Art Series, which opens the world of performing arts to school children.


55 events held

31,109 people attended

35% of tickets were purchased by Clemson students

10 Years

working with Work Light Productions of New York City, which uses students in their two-week process of putting technical elements in place before heading out on national tours.

5 musicals

debuting a Work Light national tour: In The Heights, Mamma Mia, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Avenue Q and Cinderella.

NO. 8

among the "Top 25" Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers"

(, 2014)


...Contributed since the Brooks Center was built by the Friends of the Brooks Center to supplement artists' fees for performers and provide additional educational and travel opportunities for students.

*This does not count any donations to endowments.

Since the Eskridge Tri-Art Series was established in 1995


children have attended concerts for free or $2 a ticket.

Since the Utsey Chamber Music Series was established 30 years ago:

146 free-of-charge concerts...

.... and 54 broadcasts on NPR's Performance Today.


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