About The CLC

The Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center


Through the generous donations of many persons, construction started in May, 1995. The $8 million facility was completed in September, 1996.  The state-of-the art facility was designed by SWBR Architects, Inc. Crista Construction of Victor, NY, served as construction managers.


The facilities available for use at the Cultural Life Center are numerous and offer a wide variety to fit not only performance needs, but conference services as well.  For more information about any facility in the Cultural Life Center call (585) 594-6812 or e-mail dunndr@roberts.edu.

The Andrews B. Hale Auditorium is a fully professional, climate-controlled performing arts facility with a full complement of lighting and sound equipment and comfortable seating for 1,000 in the Skinner Orchestra Section and Cooke Balcony.  After the Voller Athletic Center arena, it is the largest performance venue on the RWC campus.  The Auditorium can support many events, from a single speaker at a podium to a fully-staged theatrical production with orchestra.  The Kresge Stage is proscenium style with and area roughly 30' deep and 50' wide, with an ability to extend to 45' deep by the use of the orchestral lift.  It has a single purchase counterweight fly system.  A Steinway 9-foot piano & Steinway 7-foot were donated to grace the new auditorium.

Backstage houses the dressing rooms and the Studio Theater/Scene Shop. The theater also houses the RWC Student Drama classes, and is home for the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Theatre. 

The Robert Shewan Recital Hall is an acoustically superior room with a 30-foot canopy, specially configured for recitals and chamber music.  Audience size can be 200.  Named in honor of and grateful appreciation to the man who so effectively chaired the Division of Fine Arts at Roberts Wesleyan College from 1969-1996.

The Donald F. and Maxine B. Davison Gallery, located next to the Recital Hall, features works from national, regional, and local artists, as well as Roberts Wesleyan College faculty and the senior exhibit.

The Kodak Atrium is a spacious lobby in the Cultural Life Center.  This area is ideal for pre-or post-performance receptions. 

The Fred L. Emerson Lobby on the upper level serves smaller receptions.

The Box Office is located on the upper level, adjacent to the main administrative office.  The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (call ahead t confirm hours), and one hour prior to ticketed events.  Tickets can be purchased and printed at home on line anytime at www.roberts.edu/clc.

There are four Classrooms available for smaller seminars and meetings.  They can also be perfect for breakout sessions for larger conferences that use the auditorium.  They are located in the Davis Educational wing, named in recognition of Dallas D. Davis.