In music, theatre and dance, timing is everything.

South Dakota State University’s passion for excellence in the performing arts has never wavered. The efforts of our academic leaders, students, and donors have built facilities that served generations of performers over the past forty years.

Sustain the state of art.

To maintain national accreditation in our performing arts disciplines—and continue to recruit and retain top students and faculty—we need to expand and upgrade select facilities. We’re nearly there. With a significant financial commitment from students and leadership gifts from private individuals, we’re seeking final funding for:

  • A full-scale, professional caliber proscenium theatre with seating for 850.
  • Large rehearsal spaces for band, orchestra, choir, and dance.
  • A 225-seat recital hall for ensemble and solo performances with a professional-grade pipe organ.
  • The unification of music, theatre and dance into one building.


The time is now.

You can help fund a performing arts center that serves all students and brings cultural enrichment and economic growth to the community, by establishing Brookings as a premier center for the arts in South Dakota and the region.

Bring delight and inspire new generations to pursue their passion for performance at SDSU.

The First Bank and Trust Matching Challenge​

Thank you to everyone who joined in the First Bank & Trust Matching Challenge. Together, we raised $750,000 in support of the Performing Arts Center Expansion, unlocking another gift of an additional $750,000 from First Bank & Trust.  

Imagine seeing a performance in the new facility in 2019 knowing that you helped make it possible. Thank you for your generosity!