Project Description

The Crown Jewel

The granddaughter of Joe and Cheryl Jensen performs on stage at the dedication of the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall

The Stephens Performing Arts Center is the crown jewel of Idaho State University and the community of Pocatello. Home to the Jensen Grand Concert Hall, the Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda, the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre and the Rogers Black Box Theatre, the facility offers world-class performances in one of the nation’s most beautiful settings. With a costume design studio and set design shop, as well as classrooms and meeting spaces, the center provides students with the opportunity to experience a professional-level performing arts education. Performing art centers are designed not only for the benefit of those studying the arts but enriches the community and surrounding areas.

The center’s design and construction was funded primarily through the support of hundreds of private donors, as part of University’s $152.5 million capital campaign to fund a variety of needs. It was the largest capital campaign in the history of higher education in Idaho.

The center’s most significant performance venues, promenades and other spaces are named for the largest donors to the center. Seats in each performance venue bear the names of hundreds of additional donors. More names are continually being added through donations managed by the ISU Foundation. Each gift helps to assure that the facility is operated and maintained in keeping with the spirit with which it was built. The L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, unique in the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest in many ways, is a living legacy that will enrich the cultural life of southeastern Idaho for decades to come.