For Immediate Release: Center to cut ribbon May 8 on new community theater space

Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) will soon unveil Studio One, a new community theater space made possible thanks to the support of County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Local media and community members are invited to attend a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 8 at 4 p.m. Attendees will mix, mingle and be entertained in the beautiful new performance space. The afternoon will feature performances by members of the Center Chorale and the Center Children’s Chorus, tenor Alexis Alfaro, and two local acting students who will give a staged reading of a Shakespearean passage.

Supervisor Roberts as well as Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and City Council members are expected to be in attendance. The celebration will help “break in” what is sure to become an oft-used space by Escondido and North County community organizations, school groups, clubs and senior centers.

The Making of Studio One

The Studio One space was originally a visual art studio that included a pottery room and kiln. However, when the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum needed a home, the space was temporarily renovated to house that organization.

Two years ago, when the museum was able to secure a permanent home directly across the street, the Center was given an opportunity to redesign the space once again. With two other visual art studios already available on campus, a discussion began about creating an alternative performance space.

Through San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ leadership, the Board of Supervisors approved a neighborhood reinvestment grant of $30,000 for the project, and the Center’s Board of Trustees contributed an additional $10,000 from the Center’s Endowment Trust.

Now complete, Studio One is available to community groups that wish to stage smaller performances that are not practical or well suited for the two main theater spaces on campus: the 1,500-seat Concert Hall and the 400-seat Center Theater. This would include events such as improv and stand-up comedy, spoken word or beat poetry, staged readings, lectures, recitals, award ceremonies, or concerts by solo musicians and vocalists.

The more intimate venue provides seating for 10 to 75 people and the rental fees are commensurate with the smaller size—they are substantially less than those of the Concert Hall and Center Theater, making it more affordable and accessible to young artists, emerging performance companies and local community groups.

Studio One was also designed to be an educational theater space for summer camps, acting programs and educational performances.

The upgraded studio is approximately 2,100 square feet, with a floor-level stage and raised seating. It has a basic front stage lighting system with six instruments. Additionally, it serves as the rehearsal space for Escondido Choral Arts, which is made up of the Center Chorale and the Center Children’s Chorus.

For more information on Studio One, contact Education Manager Rebecca Noland at (760) 839-4179 or

To RSVP for the ribbon cutting, contact the Center’s media liaison Carissa Marsh at (760) 839-4178 or




About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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