Palm Beach Atlantic University's Fern Street Theatre is set to open this fall, expanding the University campus north of Okeechobee Boulevard into the heart of the downtown cultural district.
The two-story building located at 500 Fern Street at the corner of Fern and Quadrille will be used by the University's Theatre Department for faculty offices, classrooms and performance space.
Opening this new academic and performance space is another milestone for the University's theatre program, said University President Lu Hardin. Through this new facility Palm Beach Atlantic has an even greater presence in West Palm Beach and in the cultural community.
Performances slated for the upcoming academic year include Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice adapted for the stage by Jon Jory; Everyman, a medieval morality play adapted by Hugo von Hofmannsthal; and the musical theatre production, The Drowsy Chaperone, adapted from a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. These performances are open to the public and will take place in the Fern Street Theatre.
PBA's Theatre Department is part of the University's School of Communication and Media, which houses more than 200 students majoring in the academic divisions of communication, journalism and entertainment media, and theatre.