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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.


Welcome to the Ruby

The Rubenstein Arts Center is a hub for artistic production at Duke University and a new venue for public programs.

A new home for Duke Dance

With the opening of the Ruby, Duke’s Dance Program has a new home for classes, performances, and staff and faculty offices. The arts center has two dedicated dance studios and two multipurpose dance studios.

The von der Heyden Studio Theater

The von der Heyden Studio Theater supports a wide variety of performances unlike any other venue on Duke’s campus. With a moveable seat platform, a huge projection screen, and windows that can let in natural light or be blacked out, it can be configured in many ways.

Studios to create, space to exhibit

The Badger-Mars Visual Arts Wing at the Ruby spans two floors on the building’s east side and includes an Innovation Co-Lab makerspace, a multipurpose and painting studio, and an exhibit/critique room.

Tall windows overlooking trees, bare cement floor in the foreground.

New studios for WXDU 88.7 FM

WXDU, Duke’s non-commercial, student-run radio station, has moved from East Campus into custom-designed studio space in the Ruby.

Hand at radio controls

Take a class

There are three seminar-size classrooms in the arts center. By taking a class in the Ruby, or applying to teach your class there, you put yourself in the center of Duke's arts scene.

Empty classroom with table and chairs in the foreground.

Upcoming Events

See what’s on at the Ruby, where you can see a Duke Performances show, the latest from Duke’s 70+ student art groups, public exhibits, and more.

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A group of students outside the Ruby under huge prints suspended on wires
A lattice of wood topped with a three-dimensional hexagonal screen foregrounds a dark room.
Dance class lying on the floor as their teacher stands and directs
Three students animating a puppet and interacting with teacher

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