Welcome to The Next Act

Your Center of the Arts in Orange County

Building on decades of celebrated programming and innovative educational programs, we are happy to announce a bold, new plan for Segerstrom Center for the Arts: The Next Act. The Next Act reflects a dynamic new vision for the future of the Center of significantly enhanced artistic programs and venues, and dramatic steps forward in response to the growing needs of a rapidly changing Orange County. 
This trio of transformative measures designed to maintain the Center’s commitment to artistic excellence while serving as a catalyst for positive change among the diverse communities it serves.

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, this plaza reimagines the Center’s Arts Plaza as a welcoming public gathering place and dynamic town square, offering a host of new guest amenities, a public stage and free events and performances.

Center for Dance and Innovation

Supports Segerstrom Center’s flagship artistic programs that act as a catalyst for initiatives that celebrate innovation and creativity in dance.  Programs include the commissioning of new works, dance training in multiple genres and partnerships with the high-tech, bio-tech/entrepreneur community, offering the community new ways to engage with the arts through an array of on-site, off-campus and online programs.

Center Without Boundaries

 A new model for engagement that will focus on the needs of individual and diverse communities by forging strategic partnerships between the Center and non-art groups in the region.

These three initiatives are supported by the $68 million Next Act Campaign, co-chaired by Stephen T. Fry and Lawrence M. Higby, which has secured more than $42 million to date. Instrumental to this dramatic fundraising progress is the commitment of an extraordinary $13.5 million lead gift from Julianne and George Argyros and many other generous donors.
"The power of a world-class performance to entertain and inspire, and our committment to the community, are at the heart of a bold new vision for Segerstrom Center. Our great opportunity, and motivating institutional obligation, is to know unlock the Center's full potential to effectively engage all of the wonderfully diverse communities on Orange County. By reinventing ourselves in that way, we are entering an exciting new phase in the Center's history of artistic achievement and community impact."

- Terrence W. Dwyer, president of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

A special thank you to our dedicated Capital Campaign Committee’s leadership for guiding us through this exciting time in the Center’s history. 

Capital Campaign Committee Members:
Stephen Fry – Co-Chair
Lawrence Higby – Co-Chair
Chris Callero
Jim Driscoll
John Ginger
Rick Muth
Mark Perry
Pat Poss

Be a part of this bold new vision :

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