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[The Isabel]

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Opened in the fall of 2014, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is a new home for the creative arts at Queen’s and a new hub of vibrant artistic study, creation and exhibition in our community. The learning experiences shaped by the Isabel will enhance our students’ skills and abilities for their work in the arts and beyond.

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Isabel brings together exceptional spaces and programs with a captivating sense of place to create a dynamic venue for our students and community to learn, discover, think, do, and experience, together.  

The School of Drama and Music, the Department of Film and Media, and the Bachelor of Fine Art program share state-of-the-art teaching, performance and exhibition spaces within the Isabel. More than 200 film, music, and drama students take classes at the facility each day.

As well as beautiful, light-filled classrooms overlooking the lake, the Isabel offers:

  • a production studio
  • film editing suites
  • studio theatre
  • film screening room
  • art and media lab

The 2015/16 season of the Isabel featurea celebrated Canadian artists and world-class performers.

Discounted tickets are available for students, staff and faculty.

  • {exterior of building]
    The first time he saw the site, n45 architect Robert Matthews remembers the dazzling effect of whitecaps shimmering on the water. He chose the textured steel used to clad the upper reaches of the Isabel to mimic the effect of the sun reflecting on waves.
  • [screening room]
    The Isabel is the home for the Department of Film and Media. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [photo of programs]
    The Isabel is a hub of interdisciplinary exchange where students and faculty present a wide range of innovative and creative pieces across the disciplines. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [students performing]
    Facilities include a 100-seat black box studio theatre. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [students in dressing room]
    The Isabel Bader is an 80,000-square-foot world-class facility purpose built to create exceptional experiences for our students and audiences alike. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra]
    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, March 15, 2016. See all upcoming performances...
  • [drama students]
    Stages can be created using modular units that allow for almost any configuration. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [exterior image]
    Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Centre brings together exceptional spaces and programs with a captivating sense of place to create a dynamic venue for our students and community. (Photo by Doublespace)
  • [study room]
    The Isabel brings students togther from a rang of creative academic disciplines. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [drama students[
    More than 200 film, music, and drama students take classes at the facility each day. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [Wen Zhao]
    Sounds of the Forbidden City, February 13, 2016. See all upcoming performances...
  • [students in dressing room]
    Most weekday evenings, more than 100 students practice in the Principal Emerita Karen Hitchcock Rehearsal Hall and the Power Corporation of Canada Studio Theatre. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)(Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [Performance Hall]
    A building within a building - the performance hall is the heart of the Isabel
  • [Bombolessé]
    Bombolessé, April 2, 2016. See all upcoming performances...
  •  [Rehearsal Hall]
    The Principal Emerita Karen Hitchcock Rehearsal Hall mimics the acoustics of the performance hall.
  • [Dover Quartet]
    Dover Quartet, November 14, 2015. See all upcoming performances...
  • [Jane Bunnett]
    Jane Bunnett, September 29, 2015. See all upcoming performances...
  • [Albert Schultz]
    Frankly Sinatra with Albert Schultz, December 12, 2015. See all upcoming performances...
  •  [Film Screening Room]
    The 92-seat film screening room features state-of-the-art digital projection. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [orchestra]
    The Isabel is a hub of interdisciplinary exchange with state-of-the-art facilities. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [student at work]
    The Isabel is a vibrant hub for artistic study, creation and exhibition. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [Toronto Consort]
    Toronto Consort with members of Sampradaya Dance and Autorickshaw, October 29, 2015. See all upcoming performances...
  •  [Student Longue]
    Students, staff and faculty can relax in a lounge overlooking Lake Ontario. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [students rehearsing]
    Students rehearsing "If We Were Birds," a major production of Queen's Drama, Spring 2015. (Photo by Suzy Lamont)
  • [photo from inside, looking at Lake Ontario]
    To take advantage of the lakeside vistas, the glass used in the lobby windows of the Isabel is low in iron, which provides for much clearer views. (Photo courtesy Snohetta)
  • [Sampradaya Dance]
    Toronto Consort with members of Sampradaya Dance and Autorickshaw, October 29, 2015. See all upcoming performances...
  • [Accessibility symbol on seat]
    Accessibility was a priority in the design and construction of the Isabel.