The Epstein Family Amphitheater is a state-of-the-art performance venue in the heart of UC San Diego. The first in a series of transformational developments designed to create a grand entrance to the campus, the amphitheater invites all San Diegans to experience the unique interdisciplinary integration of art and entertainment, research and education that embodies the campus culture.
This public acknowledgment serves to honor and respect Indigenous peoples and their land on which our campus resides. UC San Diego was built upon the territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. From time immemorial, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. Today, the Kumeyaay people continue to maintain their political sovereignty and cultural traditions as vital members of the San Diego community.
Welcome to the Epstein Family Amphitheater!
Colleen Kollar Smith
Executive Director, Campus Performances and Events Office
Our team has the great honor of being the first stewards of this beautiful gateway to UC San Diego and the region’s newest destination for arts, culture and entertainment. As we collectively recover from a time of isolation, live events and performances have never been more essential. This venue, on the doorstep of campus, will serve as a town square for us to gather, connect, heal and celebrate together.
Designed to be student centered, faculty and staff focused and community oriented, there is no limit to the experiences you will have here at the Epstein Family Amphitheater. As part of a campus that exists to make change and break boundaries, you can expect the unexpected at the amphitheater. We are building exciting partnerships across campus and beyond with a goal of identifying and eliminating barriers that have historically stood in the way of every member of our community engaging with the arts.
When not formally in use, the amphitheater will serve as a park, where we hope any member of the community feels so at home that they may bring their acoustic guitar and play on the grass, or enjoy their lunch on the beautiful hill. We hope students will sign up to have their a capella or Ballet Folklorico group rehearse in the space and that faculty might take their classes to the EFA for a change of scene.
I am grateful to be in an institution where the leadership supports arts and culture not just with words, but clear actions. I thank Dan and Phyllis Epstein for their generosity and commitment to providing access the arts to every member of our community. Immeasurable time, attention, and care from countless individuals has brought this beautiful venue to fruition. It’s been a labor of love and we hope you feel that love as you experience the Epstein
Family Amphitheater for the first time. We have the honor of stewarding this gift, but it belongs to you.
Showcasing the very best of our region… and beyond!
UC San Diego has always been home to excellent education, cutting-edge research, world-class healthcare and trailblazing visual and performing arts. The opening of the Epstein Family Amphitheater continues that tradition and amplifies UC San Diego’s position as a premier cultural destination for our binational region.
The community’s newest state-of-the-art performing arts venue joins a collection of crowd favorites on our campus, including the Conrad Prebys Music Center, ArtPower, Liontree Arena, Birch Aquarium, Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts, University Art Galleries, Stuart Collection of public art, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Spaces like these forge strong connections and heighten the community’s intellectual and emotional ownership of one of its most prized assets, its premier public university.
There is a uniquely elevating alliance between the pursuits of a major public research university and the expression of art. Art and research both address the most important questions of our time with ambition and intellectual courage. Both ask important questions that propel discussion and discovery. And both respond to humanity in meaningful and impactful ways. This is what makes art so powerful at UC San Diego.
Tritons enjoy and inspire art that is bold, fresh and unafraid to explore, discover and declare. For example, using hydrophones, researchers from our Scripps Institution of Oceanography captured sounds in the Arctic Ocean that no one had heard before. Upon hearing the recordings, a group of artists/scholars led by Professor Lei Liang composed Hearing Seascapes, a series of pieces that explored the origins of these sounds and why we were hearing them. Their work evokes the realities of the impact of climate change and forces important conversations required for change to happen.
It is this kind of expression and artistry that demonstrates UC San Diego’s unique distinction of being created and born as an experimental campus. The Epstein Family Amphitheater was designed with our spirit of experimentation and innovation in mind. It is not only a space curated for professional performances, but it is also open to faculty and students to experiment. Just like our art galleries and other performance spaces on campus, the Epstein Family Amphitheater is equally accessible for experimentation by the faculty and students, for the students and for our greater San Diego community.
UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater confirms our commitment to provide access to arts, culture, education and entertainment to all. Made possible by the generous support of Dan, Phyllis and the entire Epstein family, San Diego has a new home to showcase the very best of our region and beyond. Please enjoy a memorable evening of world-class music, and plan to return often. Welcome to the Epstein Family Amphitheater, and welcome to UC San Diego.
Pradeep K. Khosla
The Epstein Family
The Epstein Family Amphitheater is named after local philanthropists Phyllis and Dan Epstein who have dedicated over 25 years of tireless service to UC San Diego as volunteers and campus advocates.
Their $10 million commitment to name the new state-of-the-art Epstein Family Amphitheater demonstrates their commitment to enriching the arts experience for students and the broader San Diego community.
Campus Performances and Events Office
Colleen Kollar Smith, Executive Director
Anthony Minh Tran ‘09, Associate Director
Joanna Christian ‘06, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Albert Agbayani, Event and Program Manager, The Loft
Alyssa Villaseñor, Marketing Manager
Jeanne Rawdin, Marketing Advisor
Epstein Family Amphitheater
Sam McLaughlin, Senior Production Manager
Matthew Gradala, Production Manager
Nathan Harper ‘16, Event Manager
Antonio Faustino, Jr., Event Coordinator
Sean Nash, Event and Guest Services Coordinator
Nicholas Alonzo, Assistant Director
Ace Antonio, Campus Events Manager
Buu Huynh ‘08, Triton Fest Coordinator
Andy Tran ‘19, Event Coordinator
Lauren Tennison ‘22, Triton Fest Coordinator
Jordan Peimer, Artistic Producer
Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager
Marketing and Graphic Design Assistants
Ashley Asadi ‘24
Holden Bailey ‘23
Yumei Feng ‘23
Tiffany Liang ‘23
Rachel Paner ‘24
Hieu Phan ‘25
Events Promotions Assistant
Paloma Diaz ‘24
Rain Dong ‘25
Ishiba Dube ‘26
Kathleen Hoang ‘25
Kellie Huang, ‘25
Kaylie Lam ‘25
Kristy Lee ‘23
Julie Li ‘25
Martica Manuel, ‘26
Alice Nguyen ‘26
Anne Nguyen ‘25
Niko Parker ‘24
Kadie Qi ‘25
Heidi Shin ‘25
Hao Wang ‘24
Angela Wu ‘24
Sasha Zabegalin ‘24
Diego Pereya ‘26
Kieran Vu ‘23
Jules Yap ‘23
The Loft Marketing Assistants
Mira Paranjape, ‘23
Isabella Sanchez ‘24
ArtPower Production Assistants
Diego Barragan ‘24
Sophia Isabelle Hidalgo ‘24
Emma Lias ‘24
Karen Avila ‘24
Alanna Bertoncini ‘25
Jordan Cathcart ‘24
Tara Dukes ‘25
Logan Goulette ‘23
Katrina Graziano ‘25
Caleb Foley ‘23
Gaelila Mckaughan ‘25
Claire McNerney ‘25
Monserrat Venegas ‘23
Andrina Zhang ‘24
Jiesen Zhang ’24
Campus Events Student Staff
Alessandro Russo ‘25
Kara Huynh ‘24
Zohra Rahimi ‘23
Rachel Li ‘25