Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts creates a cultural mecca in the heart of Southern Utah.

Written by Temple Kinyon

View of the Southern Utah Museum of Art during construction

View of the Southern Utah Museum of Art during construction

William Shakespeare coined the phrase, “All the world’s a stage.” Taking those words to heart, the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) wants to set their new stage for the world. Nestled on Southern Utah University’s campus in Cedar City, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (BTSCA) opens for its inaugural season this summer.

A mix of modern and classic architecture, BTSCA houses the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, named after the Englestad Family Foundation of Las Vegas. It boasts an immense open-air setting to encourage a relaxed actor/audience relationship.

Fred C. Adams, USF Founder Emeritus (left) and Brian Vaughn, USF Artistic Director

Fred C. Adams, USF Founder Emeritus (left) and Brian Vaughn, USF Artistic Director

BTSCA is also home to the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. This space provides a flexible option for USF programming, allowing production of small, intimate plays in varying genres. The Festival will enjoy new artistic and production facilities, offices, and a new costume shop to round out the Center’s features.

Built next to the Randall L. Jones Theatre and Southern Utah Museum of Art, the trio of buildings is the culmination of like-minded cultural aficionados wanting to enhance the artistic landscape of not only Cedar City, but also the surrounding region and beyond. Almost 25% of the Center’s annual audience (over 10,000) are from Southern Nevada.

Aerial view during construction of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

Aerial view during construction of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

Beverley Taylor Sorenson led a long and celebrated life. She was well known as a strong advocate for children receiving the best possible education that included the arts. The Sorenson Family Foundation made a $7 million gift to help propel the $38 million art center project. “She is ever-present in this project,” said Festival Founder Fred C. Adams. “The Beverley will last for a dozen lifetimes. As long as there are children to come and experience live theater and immerse themselves in the arts, Beverley Taylor Sorenson will live.” 

For more information visit bard.org.

“It is, without a doubt, the greatest achievement this company has known, and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have on our beautiful region.”

– Brian Vaughn, USF Artistic Director

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Aerial view of the Englestad Shakespeare Theatre during construction