John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-use performing arts facility consisting of two performance spaces and a lobby art gallery.

Collage of events from Lyman Center

The Lyman Center hosts hundreds of events and university sponsored activities each year, serving the community as a performance and educational facility. At the Lyman Center, you will find cultural events of all types: music, comedy, lectures, and drama.  In addition to amateur and professional performances, the Center hosts academic celebrations, classes, student activities, and exams.


The most distinctive feature of the 1,500-seat mainstage is its three-quarter thrust stage design.  The semicircle seating configuration allows all seats to feel very close to the stage.   The semi-circular design creates an intimate experience, placing the last seat only 20 rows away from the stage.

The Kendall Drama Lab

The Kendall Drama lab is a black box performance and classroom space used by the Department of Theatre.  In the Drama Lab, students can participate in classes, build sets, and perform in theatrical productions.  Seating for Drama Lab performances is flexible and varies depending on the set design.

Lobby Art Gallery

The lobby gallery features a permanent display of sculpture and a rotating exhibit of visual art by local artists, students, and art organizations. The gallery is free and open to the public during normal business hours.

Department of Theatre and Crescent Players

Students interested in Theatre and the performing arts are encouraged to take a class with the Department of Theatre.

The Crescent Players is a student-run production organization which co-presents shows with the Theatre Department, as well as producing its own events and workshops at the Lyman Center and elsewhere on campus. Membership is open to the entire SCSU student community. Interested students are encouraged to join online Crescent Players group in MySCSU to access announcements, calendars, and club e-mailings.