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Visual & Performance Arts

Recognizing that quality education also happens outside of the classroom, San Francisco State University is a lively campus. Our campus is teeming with visual and performing arts, stimulating lectures, and provocative exhibits, and our Associated Students sponsor multiple programs, activities and clubs for students, making San Francisco State University a pleasurable and inspiring place to study. The College maintains several computer labs for individual and classroom use; theaters for performances of dance, music and theater; studios for films and broadcasts; galleries; a poetry center; and a museum.

Creative Arts Building

Brown Bag Theatre

The 55-seat Brown Bag Theatre is a black box theatre used almost entirely by the Brown Bag Theatre Company, a class that teaches the repertory experience.

Knuth Hall

320-seat capacity

Little Theatre

The 218-seat Little Theatre is a smaller proscenium stage with fly system and film/video projection systems.

McKenna Theatre

The 701-seat McKenna Theatre is a proscenium stage with orchestra pit, fly system and film/video projection systems.

Studio Theatre

The 90-seat Studio Theatre is a modified thrust stage with fixed grid.

Studio 1

Among the largest television studios of its kind in Northern California, Studio allows students and faculty to produce a full range of public affairs, dramatic and entertainment programming.

Studio 3

Studio 3 is a state-of-the-art facility for television news production.


Fine Arts Building

August Coppola Theatre

Classes and screenings of major motion pictures are held at the 150-seat August Coppola Theatre with Dolby surround-sound system and 16mm, 35mm and video projection capabilities. The building boasts a huge film sound stage, as well as an animation studio, recording and mixing rooms, and film- and sound-editing labs.

Fine Arts Gallery

The Fine Arts Gallery is staffed by Art Department students, working in a professional gallery environment. Regular shows include the Annual Stillwell Student Art Show, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions and faculty exhibitions, as well as various topical exhibitions.

Visit the Fine Arts Gallery website

Martin Wong Gallery

The Martin Wong Gallery provides undergraduate artists opportunities to exhibit visual works, in a professional context.

Visit the Martin Wong Gallery website


Humanities Building

The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives

The Poetry Center was founded in 1954 with a gift from poet W.H. Auden. It is one of the most long-lived and nationally renowned literary arts institutions in the United States. With its companion project, The American Poetry Archives, the Center has amassed well over 2,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works. It represents an irreplaceable collective record of the past half-century of American literary accomplishment.

More information about the The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives

The Sutro Egyptian Collection and the Museum of Ancient Civilizations

The Sutro Egyptian Collection consists of more than 700 ancient Egyptian artifacts including a unique triple-nesting sarcophagus set and a well-preserved mummy. The Museum of Ancient Civilizations contains several collections: the Socebran Etruscan Collection, Lindgren coins, and gifts from the San Francisco Academy of Sciences. Each year the Museum Studies exhibits class presents a public exhibition of the Collection, attracting people from throughout the Bay Area, including more than 1,000 sixth graders, who visit as part of their curriculum.

More information about the Museum of Ancient Civilizations