The renovation of the Drama Music Complex and the Garvin and Jurkowitz Theatres is now complete. Built in 1977, the Drama Music Building was a state-of -the art training and performance facility in which young (and not so young) actors, musicians, technicians and craft people could both learn and test their skills in the performing arts. After 32 years we embarked upon a major upgrade that will restore the complex to a "like new" condition" and yield numerous improvements both for our future students and, of course, our audiences. The renovation was spearheaded by award-winning theatre architect John Sergio Fisher.
The renovation was funded in large measure by the people of the State of California
along with local funding authorized by the SBCC Board of Trustees and a District Bond "Measure
V." Some of the improvements in the Garvin Theatre are new seats, side entrances,
a cross-over aisle, handrails, larger bathrooms, a roomier lobby and box office with
all areas designed to be fully accessible. Behind the scenes the project included
many technical and physical improvements that will afford our students the opportunity
to learn the latest techniques and technologies and to better equip them to enter
future careers in music, theatre and the entertainment industry. The plans anticipated
the need for ongoing improvements and will ensure that the SBCC Drama/Music complex
remains a vital and vibrant arts center.
Now you can be a part of the Garvin Theatre by donating and having your name or dedication on one of the permanent new seats in the Theatre. Visit the SBCC Foundation website at http://www.sbccfoundation.org/index.php?id=154 to make your donation or call Gretchen Hewlett at 897-3537.
If you would like to follow the progress of the Drama /Music remodel, go to: http://www.worldisround.com/articles/354357/index.html