Cerritos Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking

Cerritos College formally celebrated the Performing Arts Center groundbreaking on March 6, 2019. Those in attendance included students, teachers, and staff, board members as well as representatives of State Assembly Members. Dr. Gary Pritchard, Instructional Dean of Fine Arts/Music at the College, said “This groundbreaking marks a milestone in performing arts education…Today we take a step forward in programming concerts, recitals, plays and events that will activate our campus life and draw the community into the heart of the college’s mission.”


The new 77,000 square foot facility will provide the music and theater departments with spaces for instruction and performance and will facilitate collaboration between the college and the surrounding community. It will serve to enhance the college’s mission to support and enrich the arts on campus, in the city of Norwalk, and the region. The new Performing Arts Center is targeting LEED Certification and includes the following elements:

  •          400-seat theater
  •          150-steat black box theater
  •          100-seat lecture hall
  •          outdoor amphitheater
  •          multi-level lobby

Dr. Pritchard stated, “Their (Tilden-Coil and Pfeiffer Partners) professionalism and thoughtfulness, made for a very collaborative user experience in programming and designing our performing arts center.”