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 completed a renovation and addition to SOU’s existing, two-story theatre building.

Ashland is renowned for their annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival, making SOU 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, a 1,500 sq. ft. design studio/computer lab, and two new 1,400 sq. ft. rehearsal studios were added and the existing costume shop was enlarged. The skin of the existing building was reclad and renovations were made to the existing support spaces (conference rooms, administrative offices, etc.). Additionally, the theatre building received 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 features 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.