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About Kennedy Theatre

The Kennedy Theatre at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is the home base for the productions of the Department of Theatre + Dance.

Opened in 1963, the building was designed by the internationally-known architect I.M. Pei, and features a beautiful 620-seat mainstage theatre and a 140-seat flexible “black box” space, named the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre after one of the department’s long-time faculty members.

The mainstage is the site for elaborate Asian and Hawaiian theatre productions, Western theatre classics, and contemporary works, as well as all types of dance performances. The Earle Ernst Lab Theatre focuses on experimental works and thesis work by students.


Kennedy Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Video

Kennedy Theatre 50 Years of Dance

Kennedy Theatre 50 Years of Asian Theatre

Kennedy Theatre 50 Years of Theatre for Young Audiences

Kennedy Theatre 50 Years of Western Theatre