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About the LPAC


The Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) opened in 1991 as a result of a longstanding desire to integrate the arts into Swarthmore’s curriculum. The space houses many facilities to cater to the needs of the college’s artistic spectrum. With many thanks to Eugene Lang ‘38, a major supporter and key figure in the LPAC’s creation, as well as to Parker and Julie Lange Hall ‘55, whose gifts and donations were essential to the project's completion.

Designed by Dagit-Saylor Architects, the Lang Performing Arts Center notably has five independent venues whose uses range from performance spaces to instructional classrooms: the 7,000-square-foot Pearson-Hall Theatre, which has the versatility of being divided into a Cinema via a 75-ton motorized wall; the Frear Ensemble Theater; the Pat Boyer Studio; and the Troy Dance Lab.

The Lang Performing Arts Center is versatile in it’s function: rehearsals, gallery installations, readings, film screenings, classes and performances are all simultaneously hosted within the building, making it a gravitational hub of campus activity. All events held in the Lang Performing Arts Center are free and open to the public, and most do not require reservations. Seating is first come, first served at the door.

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