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Performance Spaces

The Theatre Arts Department and Central Theatre Ensemble are housed in the stately McConnell Hall, which underwent a $2.1 million renovation completed in the fall of 2003. Fueled primarily by health and safety concerns, the renovation improved and reorganized existing spaces to provide a more user-friendly and, most importantly, safe working environment.

Because theatre is a collaborative, fluid and multi-faceted art form, majors in this department spend limited time in traditional classrooms. Your education begins in the shops and studios and culminates in fully stage productions.

McConnell Auditorium: Click on images for larger hi-res. photos.

Mconnell Auditorium Mconnell Auditorium  


A classic 750-seat proscenium theatre, this space was the major focus of a 2003 renovation, with additional upgrades in 2005 and 2006. Among the improvements: two new lighting catwalks; a 31-line single-purchase counterweight fly system; a new stage floor with traps; Marley dance floor, all new electrics, which includes over three miles of electric conduit; 288 dimmers; new draperies; new cyc lighting; a new inventory of ETC Source 4 lights; 18 Wybron Forerunner Color Scrollers (16 color);  and 7.1 digital surround-sound, state-of-the-art digital Yakima soundboard and ETC Ion lighting console  added in 2017.

Milo Smith Tower Theatre: Click on images for larger hi-res. photos.

 Tower Theatre  

Adaptable black box theatre seats 240 in the thrust and 340 in the round with a control booth and 192 dimmers. Recent improvements include new draperies, Marley dance floor, Mackie 12-channel soundboard; a new inventory of ETC Source 4 lights; and ETC Expression lighting console.

Studio 119 (MC): Click on images for larger hi-res. photos.

 Studio 119

This small black box studio is fully equipped with light and sound used for  Studio projects and social functions.  Studio 119  also serves as a classroom and rehearsal space.

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