The Department of Performing Arts hopes the new theater will make USI the premiere theater program in the region.
"This building wouldn't be here if it weren't for the students," said Elliott Wasserman. "Not just these students, but the students who've helped to establish this program over 20 years, and I hope that any of them who see this on television know that whether they're here or not today they're apart of what's taking place."
The Teaching Theatre is constructed using locally-sourced and recycled materials. It is expected to be completed in Fall of next year.