New Screen Among Several Improvements to UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium

Monday, July 25, 2016

Patrons of the Kenan Auditorium may notice a few recent changes to the venue. The Office of the Arts has made a several improvements to the 1,000-seat auditorium, including the installation of a new 14’ x 25’ screen.

“We had the opportunity to make a few improvements to the theater and wanted to choose the ones that would be most beneficial to our students, UNCW performing ensembles, and community groups that use our venue,” said Kristen Brogdon, director of the Office of the Arts.

The screen, which was installed earlier this month, allows the Office of the Arts to partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in bringing The National Theater Encore Broadcasts of plays filmed live, like Hamlet, War Horse and Frankenstein. It will also be featured in several multidisciplinary UNCW Presents events – a Bollywood musical, a screening of BiRDMAN with the music soundtrack played live, a string quartet featuring documentary photography, and a presentation that features real-time animation with shadow puppetry.

“We’ll be able to offer more varied theater experiences: more multimedia work, more dance and theater, and film broadcasts of theater from around the world,” Brogdon said. 

In addition, new lighting equipment was added as well backstage improvements, she noted. “We hope to show these improvements off to a lot of people this fall. Come and see what’s new in Kenan Auditorium!”

For a list of upcoming events at Kenan Auditorium, visit UNCW Presents.

 --Venita Jenkins