Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts (LECA)
Creighton has a rich tradition of achievement by faculty and students in the arts. Creighton’s programs in theatre, sculpture, ceramics, dance, music, photography, painting and printing receive widespread recognition and accolades.
The 71,600 square foot Lied Education Center for the Arts consolidates all the divisions of the Fine and Performing Arts Department under one roof, allowing for creative opportunities and cooperation among the disciplines. The building is designed to be a place to celebrate all the arts for the Creighton Campus and for the Omaha community.
Construction of the Lied Education Center for the Arts
The Lied Education Center for the Arts was made possible by grants from the Lied Foundation and the Kiewit Foundation. Completed in 1996, the building’s architects were Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer and Associates of New York and The Schemmer Associates of Omaha. The general contractor was the Kiewit Construction Company.
LECA Main Level
On the Main Level, the Mainstage theatre, accented in luxurious cherry wood, is the core of the building. Designed in a pentagon, the proscenium stage theatre will seat 300 on the main floor and another 50 in the balcony. A large Studio Theatre, which can be used as an additional performance space, is near the Main Stage.
Just off the Main Stage is the Lied Art Gallery. Consisting of two rooms, the South Gallery is also designed in the shape of a pentagon and the North Gallery is rectangular. Both rooms have a rich oak floor.
The Main Level also holds the most of the theatre as well as the music and the dance divisions of the Department.
The theatre division has a complete scene shop and the large proscenium stage. Most of the theatre faculty offices are also on this level.
Music classrooms, practice rooms, choral and instrument rooms and the Proterra Gamelan Studio (pronounced "ga-me-lan": a collection of pitched-percussion instruments, drums, strings and flutes.) Music faculty offices are also on the Main Level.
The large dance studio has a professionally sprung dance floor as well as storage and changing facilities. Dance faculty offices are also on the Main Level.
The Lower Level houses the photography and art history divisions of the Department, as well as part of the theatre division. Administrative offices, classrooms and a Conference Room are also on this Level.
Color and black-and-white dark rooms are on the Lower Level, as well as the photography faculty offices.
Art history faculty offices are on the Lower Level, as well as a Slide Library, which is complete with a digital imaging system and complete light tables.
The Costume Shop for the theatre division is on the Lower Level, as is the management office of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.
A multimedia, auditorium-style classroom, which seats 47, and a computer lab are on this Level.
Finally, the Department Chair's Office, the Main Administrative Office, the Operations Director's Office and the Promotions Office are on the Lower Level.
The Upper Level of the Lied Education Center for the Arts has the Department's painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture divisions. The ceramics and sculpture areas have access to and outdoor kiln and casting area. Most of the Visual Arts faculty offices are located on this level.
Directions to Creighton University, LECA and the Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Creighton University is on the northwest edge of downtown Omaha. The Lied Education Center for the Arts is on the east end of campus, on the corner of 24th and Cass Streets. Visitor parking is west of the building and is accessed from Cass Street. Additional parking, on weekends and at night, is available north of the McGloin Residence Hall (accessed from Burt Street) and north of the Ahmanson Law School (accessed from 21st Street). The Main Entrance (leading to the Theatres and Gallery) is on the west side of the building, next to the Visitor parking lot.
From Interstate 29 north or south
Exit to Interstate 480 west, take 14th Street off ramp, take Cass Street west to 24th Street
From Interstate 80 west
Exit to Interstate 29 north, exit to Interstate 480 west, take 14th Street off ramp, then take Cass Street west to 24th Street
From Interstate 80 east
Exit to Interstate 480 east, take Burt/Cuming Street off ramp, take Burt Street east to 24th Street, then take 24th Street south
From Highway 75
Take Hamilton Street off ramp, take Hamilton Street east to 24th Street, then take 24th Street south