Fullerton College

Music & Drama Complex

Fullerton, CA

The new Fullerton College Music & Drama Complex will replace the existing music and theater arts buildings and combine the existing departments into a collaborative, creative and vibrant education and performance venue. The complex’s overall Spanish Colonial Revival design is influenced by its historically significant neighborhood, highlighting the style’s unique characteristics but given a contemporary interpretation.

The three performance venues, a 550-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, 120-seat Black Box Studio, and 195-seat Recital Hall, are prominently sited off Chapman Avenue and linked together by a series of indoor/outdoor plazas and a lobby. Taking advantage of the temperate southern California climate, the array of classrooms, offices and rehearsal spaces are accessed from a semi-private interior courtyard space. The courtyard can host impromptu concerts, rehearsals or classes throughout the year. Exterior cement plaster walls, trimmed with precast concrete elements and accented by glazed tiles create a rich backdrop for the students, faculty members and visitors to congregate. The building masses are topped with mansard-style roofs clad in terracotta Spanish roof tiles with copper gutters.

Project Data

Under Construction
76,000 sf

Program & Highlights

550-seat multipurpose proscenium theater
120-seat black box theater
195-seat recital hall
Practice studios


Structural Engineer: Saiful Bouquet
MEP/Fire Protection: Buro Happold
Theater/AV: The Schalleck Collaborative
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Landscape: AHBE/MIG
Civil Engineer: David Evans and Associates
Code & Life Safety: Terp Consulting