Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 117°52′53″W / 33.692674°N 117.881499°W / 33.692674; -117.881499

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Exterior view of Segerstrom Hall (c.2007)
Former namesOrange County Performing Arts Center (1986-2011)
Address600 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1916
TypePerforming arts center
Capacity2,994 (Segerstrom Hall)
1,704 (Segerstrom Concert Hall)
600 (Samueli Theater)
260 (Morr Theater)
OpenedSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
  • 2006
  • 2017
Pacific Symphony
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Pacific Chorale
Venue Website

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center) is a performing arts complex located in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986. The Center's Segerstrom Hall and Judy Morr Theater were designed by Charles Lawrence and opened in 1986. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, and the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center opened in 2006,[1] and were designed by Cesar Pelli, an architect who has received numerous awards and other honors for his work including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1995.[2]

It is the artistic home to three resident companies: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and Pacific Chorale.


Exterior night view of the concert hall


Segerstrom Hall is a 2,994-seat opera house-style theater that serves as the largest facility on the campus and is often utilized for Broadway musicals, ballet, and other large productions. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a 1,704-seat theater-in-the-round adjacent to Segestrom Hall, whilst hosting the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 130). It has 4,322 pipes and 75 stops, including 57 individual voices, 4 manual keyboards with 61 notes each., 1 pedal keyboard with 32 notes.

Samueli Theater is a 375-seat multi-functional facility within the same building as the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The theater, named in honor of Henry Samueli due to his US$10,000,000 donation to the Segerstrom complex,[3] is suitable for jazz, cabaret, theater, and special events. The Judy Morr Theater, located in the Center for Dance and Innovation, is a 250-seat hall primarily used for rehearsal space by ballet companies and is the primary studio for the ABT Gillespie School.

In addition, the Education Center includes the Studio Performance Space and Boeing Education Lab. The Segerstrom complex is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School, the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities, Leatherby's Café Rouge, George's Café, Plaza Cafe, and two private donor rooms.

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is a 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) area with restaurants, a permanent stage, public seating, and picnic areas.

Orange County Museum of Art[edit]

The Orange County Museum of Art broke ground on a new primary facility at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus on September 20, 2019.[4] The 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) structure was designed by Morphosis Architects and was topped off on October 6, 2020 with a virtual ceremony held.[5][6]

South Coast Repertory[edit]

The Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is also located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus. It is widely regarded as one of America's foremost producers of new plays.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Description of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Archived 2013-08-31 at the Wayback Machine on Retrieved 24 November 2013
  2. ^ Background on Caesar Pelli Retrieved 24 November 2013
  3. ^ "Samueli Theater". Henry Segerstrom. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Chang, Richard (September 20, 2019). "O.C. Museum of Art Breaks Ground on New Home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts". Voice of OC. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Ludwig, Ashley (October 7, 2020). "Orange County Museum Of Art Tops Out, Raises Over $53 Million". Patch Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar. Patch Media. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Walter, Alexander (October 5, 2020). "Morphosis-designed Orange County Museum of Art tops out". Archinet News. Retrieved January 23, 2021.

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