Performance Venues and Practice Rooms
Babson is home to multiple state-of-the-art venues to support both arts organizations and individual performers in our community.
BabsonARTS Campus Map (pdf) »
Art & Performance Venues on the Virtual Campus Map »
The Sorenson Center for the Arts facility, on College Drive in the heart of the beautiful Babson campus, opened in October 1997. 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 Sorenson Center for the Arts offers a professional theatrical setting for concerts and performances. Free parking is available for all performances on the Babson campus. Contact the Sorenson Center for the Arts for information and availability.
The gallery on the first floor of Hollister Hall presents the works of visiting visual artists throughout the academic year. Artists typically engage with the community during opening receptions and artist talks, after which their works remain on display for the community. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
Knight Auditorium is a large multi-functional space for a variety of events from presentations to performances. Technology includes full audio (up to 12 microphones plus additional audio sources), video (with projection), basic theatrical lighting capabilities and an upright piano. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and availability.
Glavin Family Chapel
The Chapel is a flexible space for events specifically focused on worship and reflection. A PA system is available for basic audio needs and a Yamaha grand piano. Contact Danielle Virgilio of the Office of Faith and Service for information and availability.
The Pub is located in the basement of Park Manor Central and is open to all community members. The space is equipped with carpeted stage, 12-channel sound system with monitors, and track lighting for stage. Many organizations will schedule the pub far in advance so please do so as soon as you can. Reserve the pub with Patti Baptiste of Sodexo.
Park Manor Central Band Room
The band room, located in the basement of Park Manor Central, is equipped with a five-piece Pearl Export drum kit, Galen-Kruger bass amp, Fender guitar amp, Yamaha electric piano, music stands, chairs, PA for voice, and instrument storage cabinets. Any Babson musician can arrange a Babson OneCard activation in order to gain access, or may schedule the band room for single or multiple dates, by contacting Sorenson at Sorenson Center for the Arts.
Band Room Inventory (pdf)
Park Manor North
An upright piano is available for use in the Foc'sle, on the basement floor of Park Manor North.
Sorenson Practice Rooms
Two music practice rooms with Yamaha and Chickering upright pianos are located off the second floor lobby of the Sorenson Center for the Arts. Rooms are locked (can be accessed with an activated OneCard) and available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Sorenson Center for the Arts to sign a contract and activate your Babson OneCard for exterior door access.
*Contract must be signed in person at the Sorenson offices before access can be granted.
Sandra L. Sorenson Rehearsal Studio and Black Box
Located in the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts, this fully-equipped studio may be used for performance rehearsals as well as a black box theater. The studio also has an upright piano available for use. If you would like to reserve the studio, please check for availability on the Babson Portal under Room Reservations. If your day and time is available, contact the Sorenson Center for the Arts for information. You will need to obtain OneCard access in order to use the studio.
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). Please contact Sorenson Center for the Arts for more information on how to access these studios.
Van Winkle Hall
Located in the first-floor common room of Van Winkle is a Yamaha upright piano available for use.