Dance, music and theater will permeate the new Pasco performing arts center


WESLEY CHAPEL, FL – Lights, camera, action. Pasco-Hernando State College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Instructional Performing Arts Center at 8657 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel on Friday, January 7 at 11 a.m.

IPAC offers three study tracks associated with the performing arts for students planning to transfer to a public university in Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree in dance, theater, or music.

“It is a real honor to be the first executive director of a space that will not only be a place for students to learn their craft and perform, but will be a space for invited artists to come and present. master classes and collaborative performances, enabling our students to perform on stage with our guests or provide technical support in terms of lighting, sound, staging or costumes. The IAC provides a creative atmosphere for the ‘learning the artistic and technical skills necessary for a career in the performing arts,’ said Lauren Murray, Executive Director of IPAC.

IPAC also offers an Associate of Science (AS) degree in digital media and multimedia technology with six college credit certificates. This highly demanded STEM program prepares students for a first job in several professions in digital media and multimedia technologies such as digital media / multimedia programmer, digital media / multimedia project manager, audiovisual technician, lighting designer, video engineer, graphic animator, technical director. and web designer. / developer.

The facility offers 35,947 gross square feet, including a 444-seat auditorium with accompanying stages and backstage, a large hall, three studio classrooms, a general-purpose classroom, three computer labs, a studio production facilities, desks for faculty and staff, and a conference room.

Architectural, acoustic and visual design and technology provide the appropriate environment for exceptional teaching and learning in the performing arts.

The IPAC also provides joint use opportunities for the community and Pasco County School District students to use the facility for performances, shows and presentations.

“The PHSC IPAC represents a collaborative dream come true. Our partnership with Pasco County Schools and the support of our state leaders has created an opportunity for students and residents to experience the arts and arts education in a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility. IPAC represents the start of something transformative for our region and the life of our community, ”said Dr. Kevin O’Farrell, Porter Campus Marshal.

The inaugural program will feature several speakers, including college president Dr. Timothy Beard, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, and State Representative Randy Maggard.

Live music will be played before and after the speakers, and tours of IPAC will be available.

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