Facility rental / usage

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Schaefer Center features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage.

The Schaefer Center is available for use by campus and community groups that are expected to draw an audience of at least 600. All scheduling requests are submitted to the Director of Technical and Production Services and approved by the Director of Arts and Cultural Programs.

Requests can be made at any time. Any requests received after June 15 will be reviewed after August 15, due to scheduling for An Appalachian Summer Festival. Tickets for events during the upcoming year will go on sale after Labor Day. 

Campus users

The window for facility requests by campus users (departments, clubs and university funded organizations) opens May 1 for usage during the following academic year (August-May). Campus users will be given booking priority for two weeks before requests are open to external users. Campus users are eligible to utilize the facility at no charge.

Steps to book the facility as a campus user:

  1. Read the Schaefer Center's policies and procedures
  2. Fill out and submit the Schaefer Center Campus User Facility Rental Request
  3. Scott Haynes, Director of Technical and Production Services, will contact campus user to discuss the request. Contact information for Scott Haynes: 828-262-6371 or haynesms@appstate.edu

External users

The window for facility requests by external users opens May 15 for usage during the following academic year (August-May). Any requests received after June 15 will be reviewed after August 15, due to scheduling demands of the venue during this time period. Tickets for events during the upcoming academic year will go on sale no sooner than the Tuesday following Labor Day.

Steps to book the facility as an external user:

  1. Fill out and submit the Schaefer Center External User Facility Rental Request
  2. Scott Haynes, Director of Technical and Production Services, will contact external user to discuss the request. Contact information for Scott Haynes: 828-262-6371 or haynesms@appstate.edu.
  3. Based on review of the request form and any additional information received, a proposed contract will be issued and will include all pertinent Schaefer Center policies and procedures. 
  4. Upon review and approval by all parties, contract will be signed by the lessee and university representative.
  5. A Certificate of Liability Insurance and W-9 must also be submitted along with the contract. The base rental fee for the facility is required upon completion of contract.

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