Brunner Theatre Center
Each summer, the Brunner Theatre hosts the Mississippi Bend Players, drawing local and regional actors and technical staff to comprise the cast and crew, and college students to work onstage and off as paid interns.
The Brunner Theatre Center houses three outstanding performance spaces (Brunner Main Stage Theatre, Honkamp Black Box, Anderson Pavilion), a scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms, a conference room/theatre library, and the theatre department administrative/faculty offices.
The state-of-the-art facility allows for integrated studies across campus through the medium of theatre. It also brings Augustana and the arts to a wider audience in our community by showcasing the talents of our faculty, staff, students and guest artists in a variety of styles and genres.
Kim and Donna Brunner Main Stage Theatre
The Brunner Main Stage Theatre is a 263-seat thrust theatre that offers unique opportunities to explore performance and design in a venue similar to many regional theatres across the country.
Both the Brunner Theatre Center and Main Stage are named for Kim and Donna Brunner, classes of 1971 and 1975, respectively. Kim served as executive vice president and chief legal officer for State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 2010, and from 2009 to 2013 was chair of Augustana’s Board of Trustees.
Heidi Honkamp Myhre Black Box Theatre
The Honkamp Myhre Black Box Theatre is an intimate performance space that gives student directors, performers, designers and technicians multiple opportunities to showcase their work.
The Honkamp Black Box Theatre is named in honor of Heidi Honkamp Myhre ’90 who died in 1997 after a battle with cancer. During her life, she showed a great talent, appreciation, and deep love for the arts. In naming this space in her honor, it was her family’s desire to provide students who share Heidi’s passion for the arts with a space that offers the opportunity to create, produce, and ignite discussion within the Augustana and Quad Cities community.
Everett “Lefty” and Ruth Allison Anderson Pavilion
The Lefty and Ruth Allison Anderson Pavilion is located on the hillside on the south side of the Brunner Theatre Center. The pavilion offers numerous possibilities to showcase work in theatre, music and other performance arts.
The Anderson Pavilion is named in honor of longtime supporters Everett “Lefty” Anderson Jr. and Ruth Allison Anderson, Augustana class of 1939 and 1942, respectively. Ruth was an avid writer- a creative outlet and a dream fostered between family demands. Her gift for creative presentation was expressed throughout her life and after her passing; the Anderson family established the Anderson Playwriting Award here at Augustana. This award assists us in providing our students with the opportunity to explore the world of playwriting through hands-on experiences, workshops, and the development of new works.
The Brunner Theatre Center would not be possible without the generous support of numerous additional donors, including Steve and Jane Easter Bahls, BITCO Insurance Companies, Easter Family Fund, Julie K. Hamann, Thomas and Wanda Hanson, Hunt and Diane Harris Family Foundation, Philip Wm. McKinley and David A. Manning, and Peter and Sandee Simshauser.