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CSUN Student Rentals

CSUN student clubs and organizations are welcome to rent The Soraya and Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall.  The Soraya staff offers an opportunity for students to create a professional-level event or performance, and will guide students through all aspects of the rental process. There are limited funding opportunities available for CSUN clubs and organizations.

The Soraya

The Great Hall

Opened in 2011, the award-winning, 1,690-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers with lead design architect Kara Hill and was cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama, and other cultural events.” This state-of-the-art theatre is the perfect combination of a wide stage and generous backstage accommodations designed for professional touring companies, and a house distributed over four floors that ensure that every seat has excellent sight-lines and feels close to the stage.

Ideal for: Large performing ensembles, dance recitals and competitions, graduations, award ceremonies, film screenings, lectures, presentations, recording sessions, and film shoots.

The Valera Lobby

The Valera Lobby is a soaring and beautiful space on four levels, each with impressive views that embrace the California indoor/outdoor aesthetic.  The multi-use spaces have a clean and modern look, and each level is a distinct and can be crafted to your specific event needs. The Valera Lobby features two sweeping staircases, two patron elevators, and men’s and women’s restrooms on every floor.

Ideal for: Receptions both large and small, and seated banquets in the Orchestra-level lobby for up to approximately 200 people.

The Soraya Courtyard

Located in the center of the Performing Arts Center, The Soraya Courtyard is a semi-enclosed spacious courtyard that features various nooks surrounded by manicured landscaping. The space includes 12 outdoor tables, 48 chairs andmen’s and women’s restrooms.

Ideal for: Small and medium-sized outdoor performances, receptions, and seated banquets for up to approximately 400 people.

Art Gallery

Located on the Loge level (3rd floor), the sunny Art Gallery is an enclosed 600 square foot space with rotating exhibitions in varying mediums.

Ideal for: Small meetings and receptions, this space can also be expanded to include additional foyer space to accommodate larger receptions for up to approximately 100 people.

Porter Pavilion

Located on the Balcony level (4th floor) with sweeping views, the Porter Pavilion is an enclosed 600 square foot VIP reception room.

Ideal for: Small meetings and receptions, this space can also be expanded to include additional foyer space to accommodate larger receptions for up to approximately 100 people.

Rooftop Terrace

Located on the Balcony level (4th floor) just outside Porter Pavilion on the northeast roof of the facility, the Rooftop Terrace is a 102’ x 14’ wooden-decked outdoor space that that overlooks CSUN and offers stunning views of the Santa Susana Mountains. This space includes matching high and low-top tables and chairs as well as outdoor heaters or sun shelters depending on the weather.

Ideal for: Receptions for up to approximately 100 people.

Zev Yaroslavsky Rehearsal Room

Located on the Loge level (3rd floor) directly above the backstage of The Soraya, The Zev Yaroslavsky Rehearsal Room is a 55’ x 50’ rehearsal room that features a semi-sprung Masonite floor, a mirrored wall for dancers, a theatrical lighting grid, built-in sound system with two wireless microphones, Steinway baby-grand piano, and movable floor-to-ceiling black theatrical curtains along the walls.

Ideal for: Large meetings, presentations, seminars, small ensemble performances, receptions (~200 people) and seated banquets (~100 people).

Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall

Originally built in 1995 and newly refurbished in 2012, the 483-seat Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall is a technically superior performance space with a well-equipped backstage area, ample parking, and easy access to adjacent campus facilities. This modern and well-equipped theatre is an ideal affordable venue that accommodates large and small performances.

Ideal for: Dance recitals, graduations, award ceremonies, film screenings, lectures, presentations, recording sessions, film shoots, and other campus special events.


  1. Clean and modern performing arts facilities
  2. Multi-use adaptable venues and special event spaces
  3. Extensive state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting systems
  4. Concert Halls with variable acoustics
  5. Company switches for additional power
  6. Versatile loading docks
  7. Secure facilities located on a college campus with a dedicated police department
  8. Ample parking. Powered cart and valet parking services available.
  9. On-site ticket office
  10. On-site catering and concessions partners
  11. In-venue merchandise sales support
  12. Complimentary Wi-Fi access



Each of the two buildings is viewable via 3D Virtual Tour, to give renters a better idea of how the spaces can be utilized.


Engage in The Soraya’s programs through special events, curriculum inclusion, and more by contacting The Soraya’s Campus Engagement Associate, Juliana Alvarez

Juliana Alvarez

The Soraya’s Campus Engagement Associate

Juliana is a proud CSUN Alumna, Latina leader, and advocate of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. As Chair of The Soraya’s DEI Task Force, she is dedicated to creating safe spaces that provide opportunities for growth, inclusion, and transparency. Her mission is to turn everyday moments into acts of activism by amplifying the voices of underserved populations and unlocking access to higher education and the arts for ALL humans.

“Growing up, I was an outsider. I rarely had an opportunity to attend an art event or be part of the arts. I now have the privilege to make a difference for students like me, and for the greater CSUN community—by showing them that The Soraya isn’t just a venue, it is a fountain of opportunity. But more than that, this is a place where all can belong. Where all can be surrounded and supported by amazing, caring people who celebrate all who walk through the doors for exactly who they are.”

To learn more about Campus Engagement, contact Juliana Alvarez at (818) 677-8846 or

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