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Posted October 4, 2012 in Articles

CSU ARTS CAMPUS Opens to Rave Reviews from Students, Faculty & Supporters

Cleveland State University's sprawling new Arts Campus at East 13th and Euclid Avenue opened earlier this year to the cheers of hundreds of well-wishers and an address by CSU President Ronald Berkman, who said, because of size and scope, the ARTS CAMPUS is in a unique position to serve its swelling number of theatre, dance, visual arts education and music students.

The Arts Campus is a major addition to PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland's famed arts district.Its theatre and dance students get to rub elbows with professional actors and directors working at the Cleveland Play House facilities and studios in the same complex and who perform their craft at the multiple Allen professional theatres right next door. Another neighbor is Ideastream, the consortium of public television, NPR, and fine arts stations.

The central Arts Campus itself covers two expansive floors of the refurbished Middough Building and includes multiple rehearsal theatre spaces, dance studios, set design facilities, costume shop, classrooms and offices. Part of the Arts Campus also houses art and design studios, as well as darkroom and computer labs for CSU's 220 visual arts majors in many disciplines.

Michael Mauldin, chairman of CSU's theatre and Dance Department, says he can't think of an undergraduate theatre and dance school anywhere else that is nestled together with a professional theatre company, in this case the renowned Cleveland Play House, which recently moved its headquarters to the Middough Building, and conducts performances next door at the Allen theatres.

"I walk around and I just marvel at what we have here at the Arts Campus," says Mauldin. It takes my breath away. As a professor and department chairman, I love to see how much the students and faculty love this place."

Mauldin says the Arts Campus provides much to offer students from the region and that he is getting calls from high school seniors and parents from around the country who have heard about Cleveland State's growing theatre and dance curricula, now accommodating nearly 85 theatre majors and minors and 25 Dance minors.

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