Studio E is a new black box theater located in the Empire Arts Center. The flexible, contemporary performance space was built into a black box theater with funding from the Myra Foundation and the Empire Arts Center. Studio E will function as a unique performance space for theater, music, and dance; it can also be used as a rehearsal space, classroom, meeting room, or art gallery. Emily Burkland, executive director of the Empire Arts Center, says “Studio E will not only enable the Empire Arts Center to expand our own programming, but it will also serve our mission of providing the local arts community with space to continue to produce the music, theater, art, and more that makes Grand Forks a vibrant and exciting place to live.”
Studio E has already been utilized by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater as a rehearsal space, and the Empire Arts Center is excited to build similar partnerships for the benefit of the community. Upcoming events already scheduled in Studio E include an art exhibit by Peter Stevenson August 11-16 and the Empire Theatre Company’s production of the play Doubt: A Parable, running October 9-11 and 16-18.
The Kempire Pop Up Party features works by artist Adam Kemp on display in the Studio E space. Adam’s work will be available for purchase throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available in Studio E; light refreshments and live music by Dr. James Popejoy will be in the Backstage Project.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Grand Forks community. The Empire provides a welcoming venue for other local arts organizations, as well as developing our own artistic programming such as the Empire Theatre Company and the Backstage Project. The Empire is also home to the UND Art Collections Gallery; exhibits from this collection have displayed works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.