New Theatre Project

UMW is in the initial planning and design stages of a new theatre building. Read more about the plans and project.

Schematic design was completed in fall 2023 and the project is awaiting authority to proceed with preliminary design. The construction management firm of Skanska was selected for preconstruction services and is assisting the design team in the pricing and scheduling of work for both the new theatre and the renovations to duPont, Pollard and Melchers halls, a longtime UMW priority. The University has completed an Environmental Impact Review and is coordinating closely with various state agencies regarding the first phases of proposed demolition of Marshall and Russell Halls, two beloved but dated residence halls, which have been out of service for several years, on the site that will become home to UMW’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

The $117 million construction project comes from the 2022-23 state budget.