Supporting the Renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium

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The Renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University

Kutztown University aspires to be a regional center of excellence providing opportunities for advanced academic, cultural, and public service experiences, within a caring community, designed to promote success in a global society. -- Kutztown University Vision Statement

Goals for the Schaeffer Auditorium Renovation Project

After 74 years of continuous use with virtually no major upgrades in over 20 years, and most of the original infrastructure still in place, the Schaeffer Auditorium is in vital need of restoration and upgrading to support the programs and reservations from both on and off campus organizations held throughout the entire year.  Schaeffer Auditorium is not only used for KU Presents! presentations of world-famous touring artists, but for hundreds of conferences, events, large lectures, orientations, open houses, summer camps, and music department events.  The auditorium serves as an ambassador to the Kutztown University campus and the surrounding communities. An upgrade will keep Schaeffer vital for years to come, and will transform the auditorium into a facility that matches both the quality and prominence of the programs it hosts. Please click here to view an exciting digital walk-through tour of the Schaeffer renovation project.


Schaeffer Auditorium

Schaeffer Auditorium was constructed in 1938 and renovated in 1968. The 42,872 square foot building contains a 713-seat theater, a 100-seat Little Theater, music studios, costume shop, classrooms and offices. An additional feature includes an American Carillon, installed in 1965. The building is named in honor of Dr. Nathan C. Schaeffer, principal of the Keystone State Normal School (now Kutztown University) from 1877 to 1893.

Schaeffer Auditorium is at the heart of the Kutztown University campus.  It has been used for most performing arts events, conferences and other activities since it was completed in 1938.  It provides the primary performance venue for the department of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and hosts a variety of lectures and activities.

Schaeffer Auditorium


The Benefits of Schaeffer Auditorium

Schaeffer Auditorium is one of the Kutztown University buildings that the off-campus communities come into contact with, and, as such, it serves as a representation of the university. The auditorium is used by KU Presents!, the Music Department, Admissions, Housing & Resident Services, the President’s office, Summer Camps & Conferences, the Women’s Center, the Graduate office, the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Multicultural Center and many others.

The auditorium is used by over 20 different groups both on and off campus and by over 35,000 students, patrons and visitors each year. It is still the only building on campus that can house events for more than 360 and fewer than 1,000 people, and it is reserved for almost 3,600 hours each year, which is equivalent to almost 10 hours a day for 365 days.


The Need

To complete the renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium, increased private support is needed.  The current cost of the project is approximately $20.1 million, with approximately $15.7 million designated by the Department of General Services, a PA State Agency, in 2005-2006. The remaining $4.4 million for the renovation must be raised from private support. To restore the beauty and character of this local landmark, the project will adapt some of the unused and out-of-date spaces in the building, and will include a 14,000 square foot expansion.  This badly needed expansion will house the new dressing rooms and support rooms, a large state-of-the-art classroom and new large rehearsal hall for the rapidly growing music department. To see some of the digital renderings of the new Schaeffer Auditorium, please click here. You can also check on the progress of the renovation through the Schaeffer webcam.

Schaeffer Overhead View


Supporting Schaeffer

We at Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement would be pleased to work with individuals to meet their philanthropic goals. There are many options to support the renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium, including the opportunity to help name the Large Rehearsal Hall in honor of Richard G. Wells. More opportunities are listed below.


Naming Opportunities in Schaeffer Auditorium

Location Number Available Name Amount
Ground 1 Little Theatre $325,000
Ground 1 Little Theatre Dressing Room $25,000
Ground 1 Large Music Classroom $225,000
Ground 2 (1 RESERVED) Music Classroom $110,000
Ground 1 Music Library RESERVED
Ground 1 Green Room $130,000
Ground 1 Men's Dressing Room $80,000
Ground 1 Women's Dressing Room $80,000
Ground 1 Practice Suite $200,000
Ground 8 (1 RESERVED) Practice Rooms $25,000
Ground 1 Fountain Platz RESERVED
First Floor 1 Corridor RESERVED
First Floor 1 Large Rehearsal Hall RESERVED
First Floor 1 Theater $2,000,000
First Floor 1 Stage $450,000
First Floor 2 Dressing Rooms $30,000
First Floor 1 Lobby $500,000
First Floor 1 Box Office RESERVED
First Floor 760 (45 RESERVED) Auditorium Seats $1,000
Second Floor 1 Director's Office RESERVED
Second Floor 1 Conference Room $40,000


Kutztown University is a rich intellectual center because of the interaction among the students, faculty, and the community. Supporting the renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium is an opportunity to further enrich the intellectual life for the students and bring educational resources to the community. By creating this opportunity and sustaining Schaeffer Auditorium, donors will make a great commitment to Kutztown University’s ambitious initiative, Setting the Stage, The Campaign for Kutztown University. But more importantly, our supporters will be touching the lives of both students and residents of the community.


Take A Seat

Schaeffer Auditorium Seat

One great way to support the renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium is by sponsoring a seat in the auditorium. By donating $1,000 towards the installation of a seat, you are contributing to the experience of every student and patron who visits Schaeffer Auditorium. All donors who sponsor a seat will be recognized on a special plaque within Schaeffer. A sponsorship gift for a seat can be paid over a period of four years. Please note that sponsoring the installation of a seat does not entitle a donor to location or seat preference for any performances.

Schaeffer Print

If you choose to donate $1,000 or more towards the renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium, but do not wish to sponsor a seat, you will receive a beautiful, limited-edition print of Schaeffer Auditorium by Tom Hermansader '73, pictured above. If you wish to sponsor a seat and would like to receive the Schaeffer print, you may do so by donating $1,500 towards the renovation.

If you are interested in sponsoring a seat, or making a donation to the renovation, please use our online giving site to make a gift to the Schaeffer Auditorium Seats fund, or, if you would like to make a pledge, please contact a member of the Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement staff by calling 610-683-4110, by emailing, or through the website via the contact form


Kutztown University

Kutztown University is a regional center of academic excellence and accessible quality, a place that educates the leaders, teachers, artists, scholars, and scientists of tomorrow. In order to perpetuate this success, the school must always improve to accommodate new developments in pedagogy, technology, and the needs of the student body. 


The Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement office works to support and advance these objectives by working with alumni, corporations, faculty, friends, grant-awarding foundations, parents, and staff.

We hope that you will become our partner in enhancing educational experiences for future generations and contribute to the greater community through this opportunity. To learn more, please contact a member of the Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement staff by calling 610-683-4110, by emailing, or through the website via the contact form.


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