Marie P. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

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Marie P. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
IndustryArts theatre
Notre Dame, Indiana
United States
Key people
Ted Barron (executive director)

The Marie P. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a performing arts venue located on the south end of the University of Notre Dame campus and open to the South Bend, Indiana, and wider community.[1] The 150,000 square foot facility, which opened in September 2004, was financed in large part by a gift from Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., and the building was named in honor of his wife. [2] The current executive director of the facility is Ted Barron.[3] In addition to performance spaces, the building also contains offices, teaching spaces, and production facilities for Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Theater and Television, as well as for the Department of Music, the Department of Sacred Music, and the Shakespeare at Notre Dame program.

Performance Spaces

• Chris and Ann Reyes Organ and Choral Hall: an 80-seat room that features a handcrafted pipe organ built by Paul Fritts, which weighs 10,000 pounds, has 35 stops, and contains 2,551 pipes. The organ took 15 months to build in Tacoma, Washington, then was disassembled and shipped to Notre Dame, whereupon it took two months to install. The hall has possible reverberation time variations from 2 to 4 seconds.[4]

• Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Concert Hall: a 96-foot tall space primarily devoted to musical performances with seating for 850. The room features an adjustable acoustics system that can vary reverberation times from 1.4 to 2.6 seconds.[5]

• Michael Browning Family Cinema: a 200-seat DCI Compliant digital cinema featuring 2K digital projection and 35mm and 16mm film projection. The Browning Cinema was the first THX-certified cinema in the state of Indiana.[6] Film series hosted here have included the Notre Dame Queer Film Festival, and there are community film studies courses offered each semester entitled “Learning Beyond the Classics.”[7] There is also a movie theater-style concession stand adjacent to the Cinema.

• Patricia George Decio Mainstage Theatre: with seating for 350 patrons, this theater features a proscenium arch, an orchestra pit lift, and a 50 line-set fly system.[5]

• Penote Performer’s Hall: a recital and rehearsal space and a home for master classes and workshops.

• Regis Philbin Studio Theatre: a 2333 square feet black box theater with configurable seating and staging and a system of five catwalks.[8]


Those who have performed at DPAC include Wynton Marsalis, Itzhak Perlman, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the New York Philharmonic, Dave Brubeck, Kronos Quartet, The Chieftains, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Todd Rundgren, Third Coast Percussion, and L.A. Theatre Works. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which is the largest and oldest continuous chamber music competition in the United States, is held annually at DPAC.

External Links

Official website
DPAC Facebook page
DPAC official instagram
DPAC Linkedin
DPAC Youtube Channel


  1. Frederick Karst, "Notre Dame's DeBartolo Center links arts with city of South Bend,", 4 November 2006: Retrieved 23 December 2019
  2. Bruce Weber, "Notre Dame Now Seeks an Identity in the Arts," New York Times, 12 October 2004: Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  3. Alex Brown, "Notre Dame Names Performing Arts Director," Inside Indiana Business, 31 May 2016: Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  4. Notre Dame Magazine, "Basilica Organ," Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sharon Stancavage, "Curtain Up at Notre Dame," Lighting & Sound America, March 2005: Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  6. Analise Lipari, "Browning Cinema brings eclectic film fare," The Observer, 8 September 2006: Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  7. "Browning begins its 'Beyond the Classics’ courses," South Bend Tribune, 19 August 2009: Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  8. Andrew Thagard, "ND showcases performing arts," The Observer, 6 October 2003: Retrieved 23 December 2019.

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