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"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

– Thornton Wilder

bravo! bravo!

Audrey Morgan - Theatre DedicationThe goal of dramatically improved education, production and performance facilities for Berry’s thriving theatre program has been realized with the completion of Sisters Theatre – Northwest Georgia’s newest fine arts facility – and associated updates to Blackstone Hall.

There were few dry eyes among the more than 200 students, alumni, faculty/staff and friends in attendance for the emotional Oct. 6 dedication of Sisters Theatre. The name celebrates the legacy of love and commitment to the arts shared by two sisters – project champion Audrey Morgan and the late Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey.

Morgan, a Berry Board of Visitors member and recipient of the college’s honorary doctorate, put fundraising for the theatre on the fast track with a $1 million challenge gift in fall 2015, inspiring others by making matching funds available to double subsequent commitments. Giving to the project soared past the $5 million mark in just one year's time, allowing ground to be broken in September 2016. It was then that Morgan announced another $1 million gift, this one from the foundation of her late sister. A few months later, at the February 2017 "topping out" of the new facility, President Steve Briggs announced that the $6.7 million campaign had been completed.

Construction of the new theatre was finished in June, just in time to host high school students participating in Georgia’s prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. The first college production, Crimes of the Heart, opened in September.

Students and faculty are thrilled by their new 9,226 square-foot performance home, which features a black-box stage with adjustable seating for up to 276; state-of-the-art lighting, sound and curtain systems; a new lobby; and “green room” for off-stage performers. This facility, coupled with the newly updated Blackstone Hall, doubles the amount of functional space available to Berry’s theatre program.

"There is such an opportunity in the new space for students and faculty to learn and grow while practicing our craft,” said Dr. Anna Filippo, assistant professor and director of Berry theatre. “With the new technology, the ability to configure the theatre seating and the fresh new look, Berry College theatre can offer students valuable training to take them to their first jobs and through their careers. We are truly grateful to everyone who has helped make this happen."