Skip To Main Content

Logo Image

Logo Title

Patterson Center for the Performing Arts

PAC outside

It is more than we dreamed about.

gary patterson
former superintendent, east central isd

Experience the innovative design of the Gary Patterson Center for the Performing Arts, a 37,500-square-foot facility on the East Central High School campus. Inspired by the theater production process, the layout features a circular arrangement of production rooms, including costume design, scene creation, and more. This unique design allows students, parents, and the community to witness the behind-the-scenes magic through broad windows, creating a captivating display of the artistic journey.

As a teaching tool, the building functions as a "feedback loop" around the auditorium, showcasing each phase of the performance preparation in sequence. The center houses a 1,000-seat auditorium with a lobby and stage, providing a state-of-the-art performance space. Additionally, it offers 6,800 square feet of theater program space equipped with dressing rooms, a costume/scene shop, and a full-scale rehearsal room.

Dedicated spaces for the choir, including 3,250 square feet for ensemble practice, a sound/recording room, and office space, contribute to the multifaceted functionality of the center. The thoughtful design also incorporates support areas for concessions, restrooms, and a box office, ensuring a seamless and immersive experience for all visitors.

Crafted by the renowned LPA, Inc., the Gary Patterson Center for the Performing Arts stands as a testament to innovative architectural design, creating an environment that celebrates the art of performance and education.

Book Your Event


Student performers in PAC

About the Center

The Gary Patterson Center for the Performing Arts (PAC) is the heart of East Central ISD's performing and musical arts programs. Established in the fall of 2018, this state-of-the-art facility is a dedicated space crafted to highlight the incredible talents of our student performers and artists. 

View the Gallery

In This Section