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Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center serves South Dakota State University, the Brookings community and the Region. It is a state-of-the-art performing arts center that is the home for concerts, theatrical and dance performances, special events and SDSU’s School of Performing Arts.

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Performing Arts Organizations

The Oscar has multiple event series - Brookings Chamber Music Society, Brookings Community Theatre, Brookings School District, School of Performing Arts Music, Prairie Repertory Theatre, State University Theatre and Dance, and Woodbine Productions.


Performance Spaces and Facilities

Looking for a place to host a business meeting, an event or a wedding? The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center has what you need.


About The Oscar

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s mission is to engage its community through artistic, educational and cultural experiences that enrich lives, promote lifelong learning in and through the performing arts, and serve as a gateway between SDSU and the greater community.

News from The oscar larson performing arts center

Ackman celebrating final curtain call

J.D. Ackman, coordinator of theatre, will be retiring in August after 32 years of service. Ackman served as the managing and artistic director of Prairie Repertory Theatre from 2007 to 2021 and the director of State University Theatre and Dance from 2010 to 2022.

Jazz festival brings optimism to SDSU and Brookings community

The past few years have increased the need for unity and optimism. The continued partnership between the Brookings Optimist Club and SDSU brought that optimism at their 17th annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, held on April 7. The festival, hosted at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, had over 800 middle and high school students and their directors in attendance.

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center provides ultimate theater experience

Theater students can put on a first-class/world-class production thanks to the recent addition to the Performing Arts Center. After the addition was completed, it was renamed to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Students now perform in the new, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, which seats about 850 people.

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