The Freed Center for the Performing Arts
The Freed Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the department of communication and theatre arts as well as two theatres and an art gallery. The Biggs Theatre is a 551-seat theatre with a stage that has welcomed legends such as Carol Channing, Petula Clark, Debbie Reynolds, Van Cliburn, Jack Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Whose Live Anyway?, Peter Noone, and Mike Super.
The Stambaugh Studio Theatre is a 136-seat flexible-seating black box for smaller, more intimate performances. The Freed Center is proud to offer an outstanding children’s series as well as many educational opportunities throughout the season. We have brought many children’s books to our stage, such as Magic Tree House: The Musical, Strega Nona, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Pinkalicious, just to name a few. Many of our performances offer free pre- or post-show discussions and workshops.
The Freed Center is also an educational venue for ONU students where guest artists, instrumentalists, and theatre and dance companies conduct master classes and perform onstage along with students.