Durham Performing Arts Center

TCC Services

Programming, theatre planning, auditorium design, performance equipment infrastructure design and coordination, seating, and design and specification of orchestra pit lift


Durham, North Carolina


Szostak Design, Inc.


Creative Acoustics


$46 million



Photo Credit

Tom Arban Photography

Durham Performing Arts Center

This large scale civic building was intended as both an economic generator for the City of Durham and a means to facilitate art and culture. The project is set in the American Tobacco Historic District, a ten acre, mixed-use development that includes multi-family housing, upscale retailing, and premium office space. DPAC’s 2,800-seat multi-use auditorium was designed primarily for large scale touring productions and headliner acts. It also serves as a stage for Duke University’s celebrated American Dance Festival. As an indicator of its success, the award-winning project has generated substantial income since its opening and, in 2015, both Pollstar Magazine and Venues Today ranked it No. 2 of the most highly attended theatres in America.