Babson College Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Sorenson Center for the Arts

Performances honor the generosity of Richard MBA’68, P’97, P’00 and Sandra P’97, P’00 Sorenson

SorensonBabson College is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Sorenson Center for the Arts on February 26, 2018.

Richard MBA’68, P’97, P’00 and Sandra P’97, P’00 Sorenson will be back on campus to celebrate the success of their generous gift. Thanks to their support, BabsonARTS is able to present a diverse and impressive array of theater, dance, music, film, video, literary art, and visual arts programming to the Babson community.

“We are thrilled to have Richard and Sandra Sorenson back on campus to celebrate 20 years of the Sorenson Center,” says Steven Maler, Director of BabsonArts and Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. “Through their great generosity, the students at Babson have experienced an unparalleled experience with the arts at a business school, in state-of-the-art facilities.”

The celebration will include a dazzling arts showcase from current students and alumni, including performances by AMAN, Babson Dance Ensemble (BDE), Babson Music Collective, Babson Players, Matthew Barte, Alum Alex Markovitz and his band Satellite Mode, Rocket Pitches, Students Against Gravity, The Empty Space Theater (TEST).

Fred Sullivan, professional Boston actor and director, and Anthony Rapp, stage and film actor will also be performing.

Doors will open at 5:00 pm, performance from 5:30–6:30 pm, followed by a cocktail reception.

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The Sorenson Center

The Sorenson Center, on College Drive in the heart of the beautiful Babson campus, opened in October 1997. It was named in 1997 in recognition of a $3 million endowment for the performing arts from the Sorenson family.

The center was designed by the Boston-based firm of William Rawn Associates Architects, known for its design of the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

The intimate 441-seat Carling-Sorenson Theater features wraparound balconies and side-loge seating that maximize the immediacy of live performance.

It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and projection systems; a dance/rehearsal studio; music practice rooms; dressing rooms, and a spacious and comfortable lobby. The building is wheelchair-accessible.

The facility received the 2000 Honor Award in New Architecture, United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

Sandra L. Sorenson Rehearsal Studio and Black Box

Located in the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts, this well-equipped studio may be used for rehearsals as well as a black box theater. 

Sorenson Practice Rooms

A music practice room with a Yamaha upright piano located off the upper lobby of the Sorenson Center for the Arts is available for student use.

Sorenson Family Visual Arts Center

The Sorenson Family Visual Arts Center is adjacent to Trim Dining Hall, on the first floor of the building. The Center features a robust display of student artwork spanning a variety of mediums. The Babson, Olin, and Wellesley College communities may access the resources available in the Center, which include: a ceramic studio (equipment includes ten pottery wheels, two electric kilns, a pug mill, a slab roller, sculpting tools, and multiple worktables), a studio for drawing and painting (furnished with 20 tilt-top artist tables, stools, sink, flat file, and art supply storage), and a photography studio (equipped with 12 enlarger stations, film and print developing sinks, film dryer, and print drying racks).

About BabsonArts

BabsonARTS presents visual and performing arts events and exhibitions at the Sorenson Center for the Arts and other venues on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  Program offerings include works produced by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson’s theater-in-residence; visiting artists, performers, and speakers; and the activities of Babson’s faculty-directed student groups.  The mission of BabsonARTS is to serve the educational needs of students, to provide cultural avenues to the residents of communities surrounding the campus, and to explore the connections among entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity through the arts. 

About Sorenson Center

It is the goal of the Sorenson Center to help students and alumni understand that creative thinking and the arts can enhance venture ideation, global understanding, and innovation in the real world. In order to accomplish these goals, they leverage state-of-the-art facilities and the dedicated and experienced staff to enable students to reach their full potential as global citizens and business leaders.

The Sorenson Center presents a diverse array of programming in theater, dance, music, film, video, literary art, and visual arts for on-campus audiences and the general public. Visiting artists act as resources in improving the quality of life and intellectual and creative activity within the Babson community and in the surrounding area. The Sorenson Center also supports the creative and performing experiences of student organizations while offering field-based learning opportunities for students working within business and liberal arts curricula.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 2/13/2018 8:00 AM