The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is the home for the performing arts at Clemson University. The state-of-the-art facility serves as a roadhouse to many nationally and internationally acclaimed dance companies, theatre troupes, and music ensembles of all types. The center is comprised of a 968-seat proscenium theatre that serves as the main stage, a 100-seat black box theatre, and a 100-seat recital room. National tours of Hairspray, Avenue Q, and H.M.S Pinafore have recently performed here. Other recent concerts include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, the Ailey II dance ensemble, pianist Lang Lang with conductor Christoph Eschenbach with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Eroica Trio, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
The Brooks Center is also the location for the Department of Performing Arts, an academic unit within the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. The department is comprised of more than 50 faculty and staff, nearly 100 performing arts majors, and more than 1,500 students taking part in various bands, orchestras, choral ensembles, and theatre productions. As an academic unit, the department offers a wide range of courses, including music theory, lighting design, composition, history of country music, theatre appreciation, African-American theatre, stage management, and scenic design. The department has three newly configured recording and video/sound editing suites, keyboard and costuming studios, a technology lab, practice rooms, as well as a large ensemble rehearsal room and dance studio. These areas serves as interactive laboratories, where students in the performing arts can experiment and sharpen their skills, similar to chemistry and biology labs for students majoring in science.