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Resinski Black Box Theatre

Alumni and friends have been beyond generous in a grassroots effort to build The Resinski Black Box Theatre in honor of beloved director and drama professor Kenny Resinski, and his wife Bonnie who continues the Resinski legacy at SFU. The outpouring has been so overwhelming that the University has decided to make the Resinski Black Box Theatre the key feature in a prominently placed, brand-new showpiece center for all of the fine arts at SFU.

    • Center for Fine Arts banner
    • A new home for Theatre, Music, Visual and Performing Arts is coming soon!

  • Support the Project

    If you would like to learn more or want to discuss supporting the RBBT, please contact Bob Crusciel, Marie Melusky, or Steve Hessmann at SFU's Advancement Office at 814-472-3021 or visit our website francis.edu/MakeAGift. 

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  • An Update from the President

    As you may recall, the University established the Center for the Fine Arts in spring 2019, bringing together all fine arts programs under one department led by Dr. Daniel Atwood. 

    We have been blessed with a passionate group of alumni who are steering a successful grassroots fundraising campaign. The response to the appeal has been quick and generous! To date, we are $250,000 away from our $3,000,000 dollar goal with gifts and pledges from 260 individuals. Originally, we planned to transform the former physical plant building into the Resinski Black Box Theatre, next to the Boilerhouse Music and the Arts Garage facilities.  I am thrilled to be able to announce that our plans are now even bigger.

    With the outpouring of financial support from Alumni coupled with strategic planning by the University, the decision has been made to construct an entirely new building to house all fine arts programs under one roof, including music, visual arts, performing arts, and the Resinski Black Box Theatre.

    The Center for Fine Arts will be located across from our athletic fields on St. Peter Street near one of the main entrances to the campus. The site is already owned by the University and is mostly vacant. It has ample parking and is in a much more visually prominent location than was the original garage site.  

    What's Next?

    We have already met with the project architects, IKM of Pittsburgh, PA, to develop several architectural designs and outline additional costs associated with the new facility. Additionally, IKM has conducted in-depth, on-campus focus sessions with all project stakeholders to guarantee a facility that meets today's students' needs and can adapt to the future needs of the theatre and all the fine arts on campus.

    We are confident that with the continued help and the support of many other alumni, parents, and friends, we will continue to raise funds to make this project a reality in the near future. 

    Look for additional information about the project and our fundraising efforts over the next several months.