The lights dim, the curtain rises and a quiet air of excitement settles over the audience at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Each season, University of Florida Performing Arts presents the very best established and emerging national and international artists on the Phillips Center main stage.
In 2000, retired Jacksonville surgeon Dr. Curtis M. Phillips provided The Barbara J. and Curtis M. Phillips M.D. Endowment Fund to name the performing arts center.
Since opening its doors in January 1992 with three sold-out performances of CATS, the Phillips Center has hosted performers as diverse as Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, RIVERDANCE, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Ray Charles, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Alison Krauss, STOMP, Yo-Yo Ma, David Sedaris, Bolshoi Ballet, Wynton Marsalis, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Capitol Steps. In recent years, the Phillips Center has hosted world premieres and been home to productions of AEROS and The People of the Forest as they mounted new, collaborative works.
The Phillips Center consists of a 1,700-seat proscenium hall and the 180-seat Squitieri Studio Theatre. It is located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza near the intersection of 34th Street and Hull Road with convenient access from I-75 at the Archer Road and Newberry Road exits.
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