The Theatre Department has two performance facilities: the Friederich
Theatre, a flexible, 200-seat theatre; and Studio 101, a 65-seat
Friederich Theatre has three full-stage wagons that enable a full
set change of a realistic interior in less than 15 seconds and a
loft for flying scenery. During the 2003-4 academic year, the Friederich
was set up for alley staging; during 2006-7, it was set up for
thrust staging, and during 2007-8, it was set up for arena staging. A fully-equipped scene shop opens directly into
the theatre, and paint and storage rooms adjoin the scene shop.
An offsite storage facility contains 10,000 square feet of furniture and set pieces.
A new lighting system, sound system, and seating
were installed in 2001; a cyclorama and new scrims were installed
in 2002. Studio 101 was completely refurbished in 2002. A new set of soft goods were purchased in 2006 for the Friederich and in 2007 for Studio 101. We began an upgrade to our communication system in 2008, enabling party-line communication throughout the building, including offstage monitors in the green room and costume shop. Both control booths recently underwent an overhaul, adding built-in tables and new ergonomic chairs.