Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center

Building Community through the Arts

Upcoming Performances & Events

Fall Music Student Recital
November 13  | 7:30 p.m. |  Hannah Lide Coker Music Recital Hall
Free to all

Band Concert
November 26  | 7:30 p.m. |  Watson Theater
Free to all

A Children’s Opera: Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena
December 1  | 4:00 p.m.  |  Watson Theater
Free to all

Informal Dance Concert
December 5  | 7:30 p.m.  | Watson Theater
$10 adults, $5 students & seniors, free with Coker ID


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The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina. The Center sits on the corner of East Carolina Avenue and Campus Drive (between 2nd Street and 4th Street).

A parking lot is conveniently located directly beside the Center, across Campus Drive. Visitor parking is free of charge.

Tickets for paid performances and events are sold at the door, beginning one hour before the scheduled start time. All sales are cash-only.

Coker’s professional faculty and talented students provide a number of performing arts opportunities for children and adults throughout our community. For more information about summer camps and private lessons in music, dance, or theatre, please visit the links below.

Coker Community Music Program
Private instruction in piano, voice, or other instruments for students of all ages

Summer Dance Intensive
One week of in-depth study in ballet, modern dance, and other styles. Grades 9-12

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive
One week of in-depth study in acting, singing, dance, role preparation, and much more! Audition required. Grades 9-12

Summer Theatre Camp
Two weeks of rehearsals and fun prepare students for a final-day performance of a beloved play! Appropriate for children ages 6 and up.

Summer Piano Institute
One week of daily instruction, masterclasses, practice time, and activities for lovers of piano. Grades 7-12

Named for South Carolina’s “First Lady of Letters” and longtime friend of the college, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, the 40,000-square foot Performing Arts Center was built in 1997 and houses the Watson Theater, Blackbox Theater, and Hannah Lide Coker Recital Hall. Public performances include concerts, dance performances, plays, musicals, and cultural events.

The Center is also a hub of activity for Coker’s students in the performing arts, with additional space dedicated to dance studios, a music/choral rehearsal studio, a costume shop, a scene shop, a green room, dressing rooms, and one of Coker’s iconic round-table classrooms.

The Stein Gallery, featuring a permanent exhibit of Coker’s fine arts collection, is located at the Center’s main entrance, providing visitors with a cultural experience unique to Hartsville and the Coker community.

For information, please contact jwebb@coker.edu or call (843) 383-8382.

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