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Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Officially opening 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 Music, Department of Film and Media, Department of Drama, and Bachelor of Fine Art program will share state-of-the-art teaching, performance and exhibition spaces within the Isabel. Between 200 and 250 film, music, and drama students will 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 inaugural season of the Isabel will feature celebrated Canadian artists and world-class performers.

Discounted tickets are available for students, staff and faculty.

  • [entrance to Isabel]
    The Isabel will open its doors to students, performers and the community in the fall of 2014.
  • [Performance Hall]
    A building within a building - the performance hall is the heart of the Isabel
  • [Film Screening Room]
    The 92-seat film screening room features state-of-the-art digital projection.
  • [Student Longue]
    Students, staff and faculty can relax in a lounge overlooking Lake Ontairo.
  • [Accessibility symbol on seat]
    Accessibility was a priority in the design and construction of the Isabel.
  • [Afiara String Quartet]
    Celebrated Canadian performers like the Afiara String Quartet will perform at the Isabel in its inaugural season.
  • [Steel roof]
    The steel used on the exterior of the Isabel represents sun reflecting off Lake Ontario.
  • [Rehearsal Hall]
    The Principal Emerita Karen Hitchcock Rehearsal Hall mimics the acoustics of the performance hall.