Theatre Facilities

Thrust Theatre

Thrust Theatre  Thrust Theatre

 

Built in 1992 and seating 164 patrons, the Thrust theatre is named after the thrust stage at its center.Thrust seating area

The space offers a variety of staging options and encourages interaction with the audience. The Thrust theatre is built around a converted warehouse facility, which provides a traditional blackbox style lighting and rigging grid system within an intimate, thrust stage environment.

 

The Thrust Theatre houses two dressing rooms each complete with a private bathroom, sink, and shower.

 

 

131 Acting/Rehearsal Studio

 

This studio contains 1,050 square feet of rehearsal space equipped with a sprung wood floor for acting, movement, and dance work. This rehearsal and classroom space comes equipped with stock acting furniture, chairs, and wall-length mirrors to aid in  the rehearsal process. This space is used for classes, mainstage rehearsals, Studio Theatre’s student productions, and it is available for individual student use for acting, directing, movement, and voice classes.

 

133 Acting/Rehearsal Studio

 

This studio contains over 1,300 square feet of rehearsal space equipped with a sprung wood floor for acting, movement, and dance work. In addition, this space contains 250 square feet of storage for mainstage rehearsal storage and movement equipment.  This rehearsal space comes equipped with stock acting furniture, chairs, piano, and wall-length mirrors to aid in the rehearsal process. This space is used for classes, mainstage rehearsals, Studio Theatre’s student productions, and it is available for individual student use for acting, directing, movement, and voice classes.

 

 

Costume Shop

 

UofL’s costume shop offers training to students of various levels of experience. Our students begin working on instructional-level machines and eventually graduate to industrial machines used in professional theatres.

Finishing machines, such as industrial-grade sergers and irons, allow for professional finished work. Adjacent to the shop is our laundry and fabric dye facility, where students learn how to mix color and create their own dye samples.

 

115 Computer/ Design Lab

 

The Design Lab includes 12 iMac desktop computers, a large format plotter for printing design materials and drafting, a tabloid color printer, and a 3D printer. Analog technology includes 8 drawing and drafting tables for sketching, costume design painting, and model work. 

This is a multi-use space that houses many of our technical theatre and design courses, which utilize the drafting tables and technology the room has to offer.

 

 

Theatre Arts Box Office

 

The Department Box Office is housed in the lobby of the Thrust Theatre.  This facility is used be students who are working as house managers during a production, as well as by work-study students and graduate students who work daily in the Box Office. All UofL students know that the best price can be obtained by coming directly to the Box Office during normal business hours (10am-4pm). On afternoons and evenings of performances, the Box Office will be open for an hour prior to each performance at the appropriate venue.

 

126 Loft Collaboration Space

 

This Production Meeting and workspace can seat eight people and has projection and computer media for displaying design work and production materials.

 

HPES Student Lockers

There are many student lockers available to store student movement gear, workout clothes, and other materials. Students may claim a locker for the academic year. All locks must be removed by the end of each academic year.

 

 

The Playhouse

The Playhouse Theatre

 

This proscenium theatre with a 24-lineset single purchase counterweight system facility has a 308 person seating capacity. The ornate proscenium with vaulted truss wood supports and the stained-glass windows surrounding the house creates a magical environment in which to see and perform theatre.  The stage’s 8’x8’ grave trap allows for lifts and entrances from below.

 

Built in 1874, the current Playhouse originally served as a small, interdenominational chapel for a local orphanage. In 1923, the University of Louisville acquired the land on which the chapel stood, converted the structure into a theatre, and designated it a "temporary building" for use until a permanent theatre

could be erected. In 1977, the Playhouse was dismantled to make room for the construction of the William F. Ekstrom Library and Learning Resources Center. The building was systematically taken apart and safely put into storage. Rebuilt in 1980 on the traffic island between 2nd and 3rd Streets at Cardinal Boulevard, the Playhouse was expanded to include a basement and full-working scene shop.

 

Costume Shop Storage   

 

The basement of the Playhouse Theatre, which houses the Department of Theatre Arts Costume Storage, contains 800 square feet of multi-level costume racks. This collection features historic period pieces used to pattern new costumes and original pieces built by the costume shop. This valuable collection enhances the training and access to traditional

building techniques for our technical theatre students.

  

Paint Booth

 

The first of its kind in the Kentuckiana region to be made accessible to students, our OSHA grade paint facility was designed to give students the opportunity to work with spray paints in a safe breathing environment. In addition to a paint booth large enough to paint sizable furniture pieces and fabrics drops, it contains preparation and drying areas perfect for prep work

or long periods of drying time. Special training sessions with the Department of Theatre Arts and Hazardous Waste Management is offered to train students in the safe use of the facility and must be completed before booth usage permission can be granted.

 

Scene Shop  

 

The Theatre Arts Department Scenic Shop is located directly behind the Playhouse Theatre stage and is a fully functional technical theatre space. It includes a wide range of carpentry tools with enhanced safety features, such as SawStop Technology on the table saw, central dust collection and ventilation, a welding area with MIG and stick welding capabilities, separate paint and tools storage, and a prop construction area (located in the loft space). The walls are lined with new and upcycled material storage. This allows for most of the materials to be reused in multiple productions, which limits the amount of wasted materials and encourages sustainability. 

 

 

Scenic and Properties Storage

               

 

Sustainable theatre begins with having the facilities to store stock scenic pieces built by the Stagecraft and Technical Theatre Scholarship students. The basement of the Playhouse Theatre contains approximately 15,000 square feet of storage with heights of 12’ to 16’ throughout. Storage includes stock walls, platforms and triscuts, staircases, steel structures and framing, doors and windows. The basement also contains fabric storage for legs, borders, cycs, scrims, and painted drops. The extensive properties’ storage allows for Department productions to appropriately fulfill scenic needs from any historical period.

 

 

Lighting and Projection Lab

 

The Department has an experimental lighting lab in the basement of the Playhouse Theatre where student designers can test out colors on scenic and fabric swatches and on costumes. Students also use this space to experiment on lighting and projection design projects. The space contains a mixture of conventional, LED, moving light, and projection technology.

Lighting is controlled by both the EOS control platforms and ION consoles, as well as ChamSys Magic Q software. The Projection Design technology uses both Christie short throw and variable throw projectors controlled by QLab and Isadora software.

 

Sound Lab

 

The Playhouse Theatre booth contains the Department sound recording studio and sound lab. Students are trained on both analog and digital mixing consoles in this studio. Live vocal and folly recording takes place in the Sound Lab for both student projects and Department productions. Students are trained on a variety of editing platforms and are trained to program productions using the QLab audio software. Sound students also learn the art and science of mixing microphones in dynamic spaces like the Playhouse and Thrust Theatre.

Thrust Theatre

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Thrust seating area

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