Southern Oregon University | Theatre and Jefferson Public Radio

To better support Southern Oregon University’s growing theatre program and to house the Jefferson Public Radio functions on campus, TVA is completing a renovation and addition to SOU’s existing, two-story theatre building.

Ashland is renowned for their annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival, making SOU is an ideal university for aspiring actors, dancers, writers, singers, and theatre technicians to attend. As popularity of the program has grown, so have the needs for more space. To meet demands, a new 1,400 sq. ft. movement studio and 1,500 sq. ft. design studio/computer lab are being added; the existing costume shop is being enlarged; and two new 1,4000 sq. ft. rehearsal stuidos are being added. The existing skin is being reclad and renovations are being made to the existing support spaces (conference rooms, administrative offices, etc.). Additionally, the theatre building will get ten new 100 sq. ft. offices.

Jefferson Public Radio—Southern Oregon and Northern California’s regional public broadcasting network—has been based on the SOU campus since it first began as a student-run station in the 1960s. With the growth of both the network and needs of the theatre program, JPR was in need of more space. The new two-story addition for JPR will feature a 600 sq. ft. performance space, eight new offices, four “on air” talk studios, three AV production rooms, support and conference spaces, a 1,000 sq. ft. open office, and a 1,300 sq. ft. atrium between the new and existing building.