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Leave a legacy with an engraved paver at the new SDA Drama Center

The USC School of Dramatic Arts will soon begin construction on a stunning historic 1930s building at the center of USC’s arts corridor to create a state-of-the-art Drama Center. This 40,000 square-foot student “creative hub” will include a mainstage theatre, a student-run Cabaret/Improv black box theatre, ample classroom studios, as well as a one-of-a-kind Professional Development Center and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Slated to open in early 2024, this new creative 5-story space will house a beautiful courtyard, a vibrant café and lounge for students to convene, rehearse and collaborate at the center of USC’s bustling campus of 21 schools. Anchoring an arts corridor that includes the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Thornton School of Music and Kaufman School of Dance, this new Drama Center sits in one of the most prominent locations on campus, on the corner of 34th and Hoover.

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Personalized pavers will be displayed in the Drama Center courtyard.

Your personalized paver will be displayed in the Drama Center Courtyard

  • Commemorate your graduation, reunion, cast, show, and other SDA milestones
  • Memorialize a treasured alumnus, faculty or staff member
  • Include a quote from your favorite play, movie or artist 
  • Etch your name into the history of your alma mater

Three styles of pavers are available:

Paver A (12”x12”)
  • Donation of $5,000
  • Up to Five Lines
  • Maximum 70 Characters (14 Characters per Line including spaces)
  • Limited quantity with premium courtyard location
Order
Paver B (24”x6”)
  • Donation of $2,500
  • Up to Three Lines
  • Maximum 75 Characters (25 Characters per Line including spaces)
Order
Paver D (12”x6”)
  • Donation of $750 (or $500 for Graduates of the Last Decade)
  • Up to Three Lines
  • Maximum 42 Characters (14 Characters per Line including spaces)
Order

All pavers will begin installation upon completion of construction of the new SDA Drama Center. Please note that during some events, your personalized paver may be temporarily covered.

You can order your Paver through our online order form. Once your tax-deductible donation has been received (please allow up to 10 business days), you will receive a confirmation email from an SDA representative, including confirmation of your paver location and the estimated timeline of your installation. Upon the time of installation, we’ll send you a visual proof of your paver layout to edit or approve. Once you have reviewed and approved, your paver will be engraved and installed! We’ll email you a commemorative digital graphic of YOUR paver to proudly share!

The USC School of Dramatic Arts relies on support from alumni, parents and patrons to advance the school forward. Contributions to our Legacy Brick Campaign go towards the building fund which allows SDA to maintain and upgrade our extraordinary and historic new Drama Center!

For questions about this campaign, please contact Alfred Magallanes at alfredm@usc.edu or (213) 740-4634.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long after I place an order will my paver be installed?
    Pavers will begin installation upon completion of the construction of the Drama Center.
  • How will I be able to find my engraved paver?
    Your order will be sectioned into the designated area and you will receive a confirmation email with a map depicting where your paver(s) will be installed.
  • After I place my order can I change the text?
    You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you place your order. If you wish to make any changes to your text it has to be done on this verification by contacting alfredm@usc.edu.
  • Because the “SDA Paver Campaign” is a fundraising opportunity, how do I get the tax information necessary to claim this gift? 
    Your paver is tax-deductible and you will receive a letter from the university indicating your tax benefit.
  • If I order a paver and then change my mind, how can I cancel the order?
    Once your donation has been received and processed, your paver order will be considered final and cannot be canceled or refunded.