Performing Arts Centre
Theatre and Conference Centre)
Written by Hsiao-Han Chen； Revised by Father Bauer
Ⅰ. Brief History
The SVD Theatre and Conference Centre was initiated and established by the
SVD Section of Fu Jen Catholic University on March 5, 1999 at a special blessing
ceremony. In November, the administration of the centre was taken by the General
Affairs Office of the Colleges of Foreign Languages and Literature, Science
and Engineering, and Human Ecology. This multi-functional centre is a well-designed
specialized thrust-stage theatre, well equipped not only for drama and other
performances, but also for international academic conferences. In the 1998
School Year, the Foreign Languages College Theater, the Multi-media Center,
and Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation Studies took over
responsibility for the related affairs of the centre. In the first semester
of the 1999 academic year, the SVD theatre and Conference Centre（SVDTCC）became
part of the newly established Development Committee of SVD. However, in the
second semester, this centre was transferred to the General Affairs Office
of the above three colleges. In February, 2002, this centre was joined with
the Multi-media Center by the section vice president. In addition, according
to the development committee of the SVD section, the centre was re-named the
Arens Performing Arts Centre in order to commemorate one of the founders of
the re-establishment of Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, Father Richard
Previous and Incumbent Concurrent Directors
of the APAC
Sr. HSIAO Ju-Shan (2000~2002) (the director of General Affairs Office
CHEN Shu-Zen (2002~2003) (French Department)
Cecilia H. C. Liu（2003~ ）(English Department)
劉慶瑞 R. C. Liu (2007-2008) (Japanese Department)
The Arens Theatre and Conference Centre is a unique multi-functional theatre.
Its ingenious and specialized design not only satisfies the needs of various
theatrical and arts performances, but also can be transformed into a comfortable,
well-equipped international conference space.
1. The specialized theatre has been planned
thoroughly to include safe, well-constructed features.
The centre features a state of the art lighting system, a secure
fly system, high-quality sound and intercom equipment, a conference system
with super highlight projector, and a fine central air-conditioning system.
These facilities enable the centre to do creative experimental performances
with various visual images, and also offer unusual artistic presentations
on the thrust stage.
2. In order to hold international conferences
successfully, the centre offers an excellent sound system, a conference discussion
system, and specialized conference interpretation equipment, and can be assisted
with a visual-signal super projector.
The advanced high-quality sound system satisfies various requirements
for sound effects for conferences or special activities. Through a high-quality
super projector with diverse visual resources on a 300-inch screen, vivid
images can be projected. In addition, a superior interpreting system enhances
3. The adjacent space is well designed for
convenient theatrical and conference functions.
The main hall is roomy and comfortable. The technical operation space
is well designed, and the adjoining space well planned. The dressing and make-up
rooms for actors, the director waiting rooms and the vip rooms are all conveniently
located. Furthermore, there is an exhibition hall downstairs with an adjacent
service area. In addition, a corridor hall can be used for tea breaks on the
first floor. A side-entrance to the back stage makes the transportation of
large stage properties easy.
4. Trained personnel run and manage the multi-functional
theatre and conference centre.
Two main workers at the centre deal with relevant responsibilities.
One is in charge of the management and administration of this centre, providing
tours and applications, as we as maintaining daily affairs and purchasing.
When activities are taking place, this worker operates the ight system and
supervises preparations and rehearsals. Another main worker is responsible
for the operation of the sound system and related techniques. In addition
to the above jobs, the worker also helps to support in technical operation
of the audio and video studios located at the multi-media center of the CFL.
Ⅲ. Services and facilities
Services and Facilities of The Arens Theatre and Conference Centre
a) Offering tours of the centre, accepting
applications and scheduling activities
Potential users tour different areas of the centre and receive an
introduction of related facilities and equipment. The main hall has a seating
capacity of 200 and offers convenient adjoining space. The application methods
and management rules of the centre are introduced to users.
b) Operation or supervision of center facilities
to run different activities
The operation of the specialized facilities of the centre is mainly
controlled by our two workers. However, students or other professional technicians
are welcomed to handle equipment after instruction. The secure and skilled
operation of related facilities, including the lighting, sound, intercom,
fly and projection systems, is our greatest concern.
c) The operating of the sound system, arrangement
of the conference discussion system, linking of media resources with the super
projector, and the application of conference translation equipment are services
we offer for professional conferences.
We assist in the running of various kinds of conferences, for example,
meetings, forums, workshops, or even job training. Here we control the sound
quality, assist in linking of the high -quality super projector with various
audio-visual resources of the client, such as computer programs, DVD, VCD
or VHS tapes, to be presented on the 300-inch screen. Moreover, the application
of our conference translation equipment can aid international multi-lingual
communication with no obstacle.
d) The management and lending of related objects
or accessory devices to enhance the running of activities
Users can borrow related accessory devices from the centre, such
as conference tables, cloths, wood stands for conferences, the fog machine,
the spot light, side-light stands, black wooden cubes, lighting go-bos and
Irises, and colored-gel holders.
e) We arrange technical training workshops
regularly each semester to enhance the understanding of our multi-functional
We regularly arrange technical training for lighting, and sound
systems or other related workshops in order to demonstrate technical operations
and promote performing arts. Furthermore, more potential users getting to
know the facilities of the centre and its operational methods is helpful to
inspire the development of future artistic workers and to promote theatrical
education and technical security.
Ⅳ. Future Prospects
Future prospects of the Arens Theatre and Conference Centre
a) To provide a comfortable, safe, professional
and specialized place for conferences, performances and special activities.
b) To promote international academic exchange
and enhance appreciation for diverse cultures.
c) To promote the performing arts, to enhance
theatrical education and the cultivation of culture and arts on campus.
d) To offer feedback for society and enrich
the artistic and cultural life of the nearby Hsinchuang area.
Information For further inquiry, please contact the office of The
Arens Theatre and Conference Centre.
Telephone: (02) 29031111 ext.2103
Fax: (02) 2906-7248