Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University

Light glitters inside and out — as illumination take cues from dramatic architectural forms.

The impressive 1,050-seat Musco Center for the Arts has become the epicenter of campus life, as the newest cultural destination for the surrounding community. HLB worked with Pfeiffer Partners Architects and Theatre Projects Consultants on the interior of the building including the stunning main lobby and unique performance space. The main lobby showcases a custom glass/light chandelier fixture identifying the monumental staircase in the space and visible “lines of light” emphasize unique architectural finishes along the outer theater drum.

In addition, the house lighting, public areas, administrative offices, site and landscaping, exterior facade were all part of the design team’s scope of work. HLB worked to incorporate customized lighting elements including balcony fascia lighting elements and lighted LED wooden handrails within the performance space. Finally, HLB aimed to transform the mood of the theater implementing tunable white lighting allowing the space to transform along with the show itself.

Project Highlights

Static & tunable white LED lighting


• Pfeiffer Partners Architects
• Theatre Projects Consultants


Project Background

• 86,000 square feet
• $47 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design
• Illumination Award of Merit
• Lumen West Award of Merit

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