About the Black Box Theatre
Located in the McClintock building, the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre is a wonderfully versatile space, providing a more intimate playing space for performers and audience members alike without neglecting any of the technology available in a larger theater.
With seating for up to 100 patrons, the Black Box is an interesting, one-of-a-kind space in which to watch and produce theatre, and is a favorite of the Department of Theatre and Dance students. The Black Box hosts our annual Fringe Festival, a repertory collection of student productions, and is home to many theatre classes including Acting, Musical Theatre, and Directing Theory.
Why Students Love The Black Box
Featuring a full lighting and sound system and dressing room, this modern space reflects the movement of the current theatre industry and provides a perfect training ground for our students. Working in a smaller theater helps our students learn how to stay in character when they're only a few feet away, teaches them about how important the details can be when it comes to set and costume design, and offers an alternative experience to the main stage.
Black Box equipment includes an ETC Insight 72-channel control board with 24 x 2.4k Teatronics Genesis dimmers and a Yamaha EMX 5014c sound console with 2 Yamaha S115V speakers.
This space seats approximately 100 people (exact capacity depends upon configuration). The normal configuration is thrust, but other configurations are possible depending upon the needs of the production.