Old Fort Ord

The World Theater at California State University, Monterey Bay is a 446-seat performing arts facility located in Seaside, California. The venue houses a professional live entertainment program, campus events and student productions, and concerts by local community groups.

The World Theater was renovated from the original army movie theater built over 50 years ago for the personnel and their families stationed at the U.S. Army's Fort Ord. It was named the Hansen Theater in honor of Private Jack G. Hansen. Hansen was a member of the 7th Infantry Division and received the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Korean War.

In the late 1990's, as CSU Monterey Bay continued to develop and adapt buildings at the former military base for academic purposes, the Hansen was radically remodeled as a Teledramatic theater, and opened in 1999–as the World Theater–with a concert by jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater.


The mission of the World Theater is to educate and to enlighten our campus and surrounding communities through the creation and presentation of diverse performing arts events. To achieve this commitment, we will share our resources and create partnerships that support academic programs at CSU Monterey Bay and the needs of the diverse communities we serve.


Our goal is to connect and to engage audiences and artists in the sharing of a common experience. We seek to create artistic experiences that enlighten, entertain and educate. To that end, artistic decisions are based on the following:

We are interested in art that speaks through and for different cultures. We respect diverse points of view and we are committed to supporting the creation and presentation of work that reflects our changing world and experiences. We believe that support and respect for diverse art forms is crucial in educating our audiences and understanding ourselves.

We are interested in exploring new ways and using new technologies in the creation, presentation and dissemination of the performing arts. The World Theater is a state-of-the-art facility, and we welcome the opportunity in sharing our arts experiences with communities around the world.

We are interested in and respect art that honors the past while speaking to present day community. While we may support "classic" arts presentations, we are most interested in those artists whose interpretations of previous masterworks shed new light and open new avenues for a contemporary audience.

The presentation of performing arts events is a strategic and carefully crafted process, guided by the principles listed above. Our dream is to create experiences for audiences that have an important and lasting effect and improve the quality of life.


We value education. We learn from our interaction with our students, faculty, staff and audiences. We apply what we learn to all aspects of our organization, as we continue grow and to become an important fabric within our university and surrounding communities.

We value collaboration. We recognize that we cannot succeed by ourselves. Our work is better and of greater depth when we share our resources and actively collaborate with others.

We value quality. We are focused on achieving excellence in everything we do. We set high standards for ourselves, compare ourselves to other nationally and internationally recognized organizations and strive to meet those standards.

We value innovation and risk. We support an environment where creation, risk-taking, integration of new technologies and dynamic discussion can flourish. While we research, analyze and evaluate, we challenge ourselves to move boldly into new territory. We strive to be a leader and to set examples for others.

We value accessibility. We support an environment that is welcoming, safe and open for all diverse peoples. We challenge ourselves to consistently demonstrate this through our actions as well as through our words.

We value inclusiveness. We treasure diversity, in it fullest definition, by actively seeking and respecting the thoughts, ideas and cultures from various communities. We recognize that we have much to learn from all cultures.

We value community engagement. We welcome the opportunity to partner with diverse community groups and to bring arts programs to non-traditional spaces. We are committed to creating programs that actively address the needs of the communities we serve.

We value the passion and the power of the arts. We acknowledge that we are engaged in work that has the power to move people and to change lives. We want to make a difference in our world with our programs and we welcome the opportunity to support the artistry of diverse arts practitioners.