The Maurice K. Townsend Center for the Performing Arts supports the academic departments of Music and Theatre throughout their various performance and educational endeavors to support the academic mission of the University of West Georgia as a whole and advocate the Arts and Arts Education to the university and surrounding communities. The University and the West Georgia region benefit from the cultural enrichment and educational opportunities provided by the variety of events presented at the Townsend Center.


The Townsend Center is equipped with two performance venues, a 459-seat theatre with a proscenium stage and orchestra pit and the “black box” Richard L. Dangle Theatre, which can be staged and set up in a variety of ways, seating up to 170 for experimental theatre, chamber music, receptions, and other small-scale events.

The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts is fortunate to have two Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Pianos. Both pianos were purchased when the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts was opened in 1988. A special donation from the Cole family made it possible for the University to purchase the two instruments, which are used by the Music Department and visiting artists for university and community events.

Directions to the Townsend Center

The Townsend Center is located on the beautifully wooded campus of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. Located in the western part of the state, Carrollton is easily accessible from Interstate 20, or Highway 27, or Highway 166. Once in Carrollton, follow Highway 27 or Highway 166 to Maple Street, on the west side of town.

The three main entrances to the campus are all on Maple Street. The Townsend Center is located on West Georgia Drive. From either the East or West Entrance, travel to the 3-way traffic light. The Townsend Center is a multi-level building of beige brick located in the corner of the 3-way stop.