The Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC) presents superior national and regional musical theater, dance, opera and family/children’s performances. There are four stages spread over two buildings: Segerstrom Hall (original OCPAC building), Founders Hall (original OCPAC building), Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (new building) and Samueli Theater (new building). Segerstrom Hall is a 3,000-seat, fan-shaped theater with an orchestra level and three rising tiers of seats. It opened in 1986.
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
In 2006, the Performing Arts center expanded its venues to include the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and 500-seat multi-functional Samueli Theater. The Performing Arts center’s new facility, which also includes a studio theater and education lab, joins the adjacent Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site for a future visual arts complex to create Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A 46,000-square-foot outdoor community plaza unites all of the venues to create one of the largest performing arts campuses in the United States.
South Coast Repertory
South Coast Repertory (SCR) is a Professional Resident Theatre, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson who continue to serve as Artistic Directors. The theatre season (September to June) includes works drawn from classic and modern theatre repertoires, with five plays on the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage and four on the 366-seat Julianne Argyros Stage, plus a three-play series, Theater for Young Audiences. SCR offers a variety of outreach and education programs and is renowned for its new play development program of works by emerging and established writers, presented each season in public readings and during the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Julianne Argyros Stage
The Folino Theatre Center, which opened in October 2002, is SCR’s renovated and expanded three-theatre complex. There are six productions on the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, five on the new 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage, with numerous workshops and conservatory performances held on the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. In addition, the three-play “Theatre for Young Audiences and their Families” Series is produced on the Julianne Argyros Stage. An Education Center within the three-story addition has office space and classrooms for the burgeoning Education Department. There are three stages: Segerstrom Stage (507 seats), Julianne Argyros Stage (336 seats), and the Nicholas Studio Theatre (94 seats). All theaters are wheelchair accessible. There are two nearby parking structures featuring on performance nights.
The Samueli Theater has its own distinctive entrance with large frosted glass panels illuminated from behind and producing a subtle glow against the building’s white limestone façade on the south side of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall building. A spectacular outdoor plaza created by Peter Walker and Partners unites the venues.
The intimate Samueli Theater offers a variety of seating configurations and capacities and is home to the Center’s Family and Concert Series (theater seating on risers), Cabaret and Jazz Club (club style seating at tables of four) Off Center and indie bands Series plus a variety of other events.