Performance Spaces

Host your next performance event at Wesleyan College. Available performance spaces vary from intimate parlors to a grand auditorium for major events. Our central Georgia location is ideal for special events and performances. The picturesque setting of our historic campus and North Macon location convenient to I-475 are an unrivaled combination. On-site catering, expertly provided by Aramark Food Services, can accommodate anything from a simple pre-show reception or buffet to an elegant seated black tie dinner. 

Call our Director of Auxiliary Services to book your next event, set up a site inspection, or request more information about Wesleyan's facilities at 478-757-2068. We look forward to helping make your next meeting or event special at historic Wesleyan College!

 

Porter Auditorium
Porter Auditorium, located in the Porter Family Fine Arts Building, seats 1129 (802 main floor, 317 balcony). One of the finest theaters in central Georgia, Porter is perfect for large-scale presentations, theatrical productions, pageants, dance and musical performances, seminars and meetings of all kinds.  A large pre-function area is available for gathering and/or breaks with refreshments. Acoustically exquisite, the auditorium is equipped with: full-size Steinway concert grand piano; 72-rank Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ; 12 channel mixing board/amplifier; 32 channel, 2 scene pre-set lighting controller; 16' x 16' front projection screen; rear loading platform access to the freight elevator, which opens directly into the second floor backstage; 40 ft. wide stage with additional 12 ft. wing space and dressing room on each side; 35 ft. total stage depth from apron edge to back wall (25 ft. curtain line to rear.)

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Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building

The Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building serves as a cultural center for the campus and community. Generous parking is illuminated at night and located directly behind the building; a large horseshoe drive in front facilitates valet parking or drop-off service for guests.  Porter's large lobby was restored in 2009 and offers a generous reception area with restrooms. Flanking the sides of the lobby are the East & West Cowles Myles Collier Art Galleries. The West Gallery houses works from Wesleyan's permanent collections. The East Gallery houses traveling, faculty, and student exhibitions.

In addition to Wesleyan's large Auditorium space, a smaller performance venue is available in the lower level of The Porter Family Memorial Fine Arts Building. The Grassmann-Porter Studio Theatre, an intimate, flexible "black-box" studio for theatre and dance productions, opened in 1994 through the generous support of the Grassmann Trust and the Porter Family Foundation.


Trice Conference Room

Trice Conference Room, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, offers 2250 sq. ft. with a room divider. The space seats 52 classroom style; 80 theater style. This versatile space can accommodate set up in any style desired, and features slender 4 ft. tables with comfortable arm chairs for every participant.  A roomy stage adds to the possibilities offered by Trice.

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Burden Parlor
Burden Parlor, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, will accommodate nearly 100 guests and serves as an elegant and formal reception area. Well-appointed with fine furnishings, this stunning space is complete with soaring vaulted ceiling, expansive windows overlooking the quad, and a fine collection of paintings. Burden is ideal for receptions, luncheons, or musical performances.  Bonuses include a grand piano and doors, which open to the Olive Swann Porter lobby for coffee breaks or refreshments.


Benson Room
Benson Room, located in the Candler Alumnae Building, offers 1655 sq. ft. and seats 75 theater style. One of the campus' most fascinating rooms with its memorabilia-filled glass cabinets. Benson is ideal for seminars, business meetings, or musical performances. Bonuses include a grand piano and French doors, which open to the Candler lobby for coffee breaks or refreshments. Many artifacts from Wesleyan's past are on display in the Benson Room, named for Wesleyan's first graduate, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer (Benson) of the class of 1840. In the cases are early diplomas, articles of clothing belonging to former students, and yearbooks going back to the turn of the century.

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Oval Hall

Oval Hall, located in the Candler Alumnae Building, will accommodate nearly 500 guests and serves as an elegant ballroom space for wedding receptions, black tie galas, or formal seated dinner parties. Designed by renowned architect Phillip Shutze, the Candler Alumnae Building is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Originally Wesleyan's library, the building was renovated in 1971 as the Candler Alumnae Center and currently houses the offices of Alumnae Affairs and Institutional Advancement. Upstairs, the former library reading room was transformed into a ballroom/banquet room now known as the Oval Hall. It has been the site of alumnae reunions and inaugural balls, concerts and luncheons. Completely restored in 1998, Oval Hall boasts ornate moldings, parquet flooring, and enormous windows that fill the space with natural light.

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