USD theatre to be renamed to honor Wayne S. Knutson Twenty-five years ago the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts was characterized on its dedication as a "Majestic Living Memorial to the Fine Arts Pioneers of South Dakota."
In the interim the complex has been host to almost 2,000 arts events, including over 100 productions in Theatre I, the 470 – seat mainstage theatre. During that time thousands of student/artists and artist/educators have developed their craft and shared their art with an ever widening audience. One of the most active fine arts pioneers of the past 25 years has been Dr. Wayne S. Knutson, former professor of theatre and English, dean of fine arts, and vice president of academic affairs at USD.
Dr. Knutson's past honors include the Governor's Award for Achievement in the arts, the Burlington-Northern Foundation Award for meritorious teaching, a South Dakota Arts Council Senior Fellowship for play direction, and the distinction of being the first person in South Dakota to be awarded the status of "University Distinguished Professor Emeritus."
So significant are Dr. Knutson's contributions to the arts that on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. on the stage of Theatre I, a ceremony will be held to rename that theatre the "Wayne S. Knutson Theatre."
University administrators, faculty, staff, illustrious alums, members of the Vermillion Community, family and friends of "Doc" Knutson will join him in the ceremony that preceded the Saturday, Dec. 11 performance of The Threepenny Opera. The ceremony is open to the public. Friends and supporters of Doc are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the event call (605) 677-5418.