The Jewett Center for the Performing Arts was initially funded by Berenice Jewett Bradshaw and dedicated April 13, 1991 under the presidency of Dr. Charles Dick (1985–1995). The Jay W. Lees Courage Theater replaced the small theater on the third floor of Converse Hall which was dedicated in 1983 to beloved theater Professor Jay Lees. The Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory (north addition) opened Fall of 2004 under the presidency of Dr. Michael Bassis (2002–2012).
The Conservatory triples the volume of performance space available on the Westminster Campus. The heart of the facility is the 285-seat Vieve Gore Concert Hall, which serves as an intimate environment for musical performances. Additionally, the Dumke Student Theatre is a 150-seat, black-box theatre with stage and seating that can be arranged in any configuration. The Conservatory also contains a rehearsal and recording studio, a technology lab, and multiple practice rooms.
Together, the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts and Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory house all campus music and theater classes. The Jewett Center's Courage Theater has been the home of many memorable performances by the Westminster Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, and our critically acclaimed theatre department. Professional lunches and other campus functions are periodically held in the lobby where you can often see student art exhibits.
Access is through the west door from the middle level of the parking terrace; use the elevator for access to the second floor.