The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute is housed in the upper level of the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) building at Holy Names University of Oakland, and holds most of its policy seminars and public events in the two large theaters on the lower level. APPSI programs at the Valley Center have included policy forums with government and non-government organizations such as the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Not For Sale Campaign (against human trafficking); art lectures featuring curators from the Oakland Museum of California and other prominent Bay Area cultural institutions; film screenings and panel discussions as part of the Oakland International Film Festival; and much more.

The VCPA is a unique performance and convening facility at Holy Names University in the Oakland hills. It houses two separate theaters; large audiences up to 390 can be accommodated in the Regents’ Theatre, while smaller, more intimate groups use the Studio Theatre with movable seating for up to 125 participants.

These theaters are equipped with industry-standard lighting, a versatile sound system suitable for plays, films, lectures and reading, and acoustics that satisfy the most exacting musicians and audiences. Individual sound amplification devices can be used everywhere in the center. On-site amenities include risers, orchestra shells, concert grand pianos and podiums. The backstage area includes a green room, two large dressing rooms and a secured spaced for storing musical instruments and props. Climate controlled throughout, the building has offices and classrooms, which can be sued for rehearsals, practice areas or for break-out groups.

Designed with attention to audience comfort, presentation requirements, and technical versatility, everything about the VCPA is user-friendly: i.e., responsive staff, convenient parking, wheel chair access, street-to-stage loading dock, and proximity to major freeways. The Valley Center has quickly gained the reputation among businesses and performing organizations as a well-designed, professionally-equipped venue.

For more details about the VCPA, including contact information for facility rental inquiries, please click here.