Full Sail Faculty Members Help Design New Grove Amphitheater

There’s a new performance venue in Central Florida, located about 10 minutes away from Full Sail in the Mead Botanical Garden. The 47-acre park is now home to The Grove Amphitheater, a multi-purpose space that Full Sail faculty members had a hand in helping build.

For the past two years, Dana Roun, Full Sail’s Director of Audio Arts, has been part of the planning and construction process, consulting on the technical aspects of the sound and acoustics within the performance space. Mike Stewart, the Course Director of the Audio Measurement Systems course in the Show Production degree program, measured the plot around the stage to determine audio levels and power needs.

“We were trying to determine at different frequencies how loud and where the sound would go,” says Dana. “We did proximity sound pressure level tests of the area to determine that we would be under audio noise limits.”

The open-air pavilion will be used for musical performances, theatrical productions, film viewings, educational programming, and more. The Grove hosted its inaugural performance this past weekend, a holiday program featuring the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. Full Sail Show Production students helped produce the event.

“The first show was a great success,” says Dana. “It is my hope that Show Production and other production students in general will be able to help out with future productions at [The Grove].”

Check out photos of the new amphitheater below, which were taken during this weekend’s inaugural performance.