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 is home to the Kim and Donna Brunner Main Stage Theatre, Heidi Honkamp Myhre Black Box and the Lefty and Ruth Allison Anderson Outdoor Pavilion , opening in summer 2019. MBP productions are held in the Main Stage Theatre.
The Brunner Theatre Center was made possible through the generous support of numerous donors, including Steve and Jane Easter Bahls, BITCO Insurance Companies, the Easter Family Fund, Julie K. Hamann, Thomas and Wanda Hanson, the Hunt and Diane Harris Family Foundation, Philip Wm. McKinley and David A. Manning, and Peter and Sandee Simshauser.
Kim and Donna Brunner Main Stage Theatre
The Brunner Theatre Center facilitates bringing together studies from across campus through the medium of theatre in a variety of styles and genres. It also brings Augustana College arts to a wider audience by showcasing to the community the talents of our faculty, staff and students.
Its 250-seat Brunner Main Stage Theatre features a large thrust stage, multi-level scene shop and state-of-the-art lighting equipment for visually stunning performances.
Both the Brunner Theatre Center and Main Stage are named for Kim ’71 and Donna Brunner. Kim Brunner served on Augustana’s Board of Trustees for several years, and was chairman of the board from 2009-2013.
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 Black Box Theatre is named in honor of Heidi Honkamp Myhre ’90, who died in 1997. 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 with the opportunity to create, produce and ignite discussion within the Augustana and Quad-Cities community.
Everett “Lefty” and Ruth Allison Anderson Pavilion
The Everett and Ruth Allison Anderson Pavilion is slated to open in summer 2019. 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 pavilion is named in honor of Everett “Lefty” Anderson Jr. ’39 and Ruth Allison ’42 Anderson. An avid writer, Ruth expressed her gift for creative presentation throughout her life, and after her passing, the Anderson family established the Anderson Playwriting Award at Augustana. This award allows students to explore the world of playwriting through hands-on experiences, workshops and creation of new works.