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The Kennedy Theatre at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the home base for the productions of the Department of Theatre + Dance. Kennedy Theatre also typically hosts the Asia Pacific Dance Festival as well as numerous commencement ceremonies. On occasion and schedule permitting, special events and performances by outside groups can be accommodated. Outside groups can click here for introductory information.
Opened in 1963, the building was designed by the internationally-known architect I.M. Pei, and features a beautiful 619-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, Euro-American 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
Kennedy Theatre 2016-2017 Season Reel (staff)
Kennedy Theatre 2017-2018 Season Reel (staff)
Kennedy Theatre 2017-2018 Season Reel (by M. Pitel)
Kennedy Theatre 2018-2019 Season Reel (staff)
Kennedy Theatre 2019-2020 Season Reel (staff)
Kennedy Theatre 2020-2021 Season Reel (staff)
Kennedy Theatre 2021-2022 Season Reel (staff)