Our high-quality performance venues offer space for performers and technicians to hone and showcase their skills and techniques. Students also get to practice their craft in various training spaces and studios at the River Campus.
Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, a 950-seat venue, is located inside the Cultural Arts Center. The state-of-the-art performance space is used for dance concerts, plays, large instrumental and vocal music concerts, musicals, and ballets. A professional-sized orchestra pit accommodates instrumental groups to accompany actors and singers in the presentation of Broadway musicals and operas.
Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre
The Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre is a 200-seat black box theatre that can accommodate almost any style of performance: intimate plays, dance concerts, or musical theatre performances. State-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment support the six performances presented in the Rust Flexible Theatre each academic year.
Center for Health in the Arts (CHART) Clinic
The CHART Clinic provides comprehensive health care services to all students participating in the visual and performing arts. Located at River Campus Center 116, services are provided by a certified athletic trainer and include massage, heat/cold therapies, taping, wellness education for injury prevention, fitness/injury assessments, and rehabilitation services. The facility works in conjunction with a local hospital and healthcare provider, Southeast Health.
Dance Studio: Cultural Arts Center 157
The 1,600 square foot studio has a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River. It is outfitted with a sprung floor and Marley covering. The space also has a sound system, an upright piano, six ballet barres, and a mirrored wall.
Dance Studio: Cultural Arts Center 103
This 1,500 square foot studio has two beautiful walls of windows to let in natural light during classes and rehearsals. The studio offers a specialized venue for both student and faculty creativity and contains a small storage area for ballet barres, exercise equipment, and cubbies for personal items.
Dance Studio: River Campus Center 119
This room includes 2,450 square feet of dancing space. The studio allows choreography rehearsals to replicate the full extent of the performance hall stage and is also utilized for numerous guest artist masterclasses. It features a sound system, an upright piano, twelve ballet barres, and a mirrored wall.
Behind the Scenes
Scene ShopThe shop is approximately 7,500 square feet with another 150 square feet of locked tool storage and 150 square feet of props storage as a loft above the tool cage. It is well equipped for advanced carpentry and welding, scene painting, props storage, and manufacturing.
Rust Theatre Control BoothThe control booth in the Rust Flexible Theatre features state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment: ETC Expression lighting control console and 92 dimmers, and three fully equipped digital sound design and editing stations.
Costume ShopOur fully equipped and staffed costume shop has two work tables, six sewing machines, three surgers, a washer and dryer, a large storage area for clothing, and adequate storage cabinets and shelving for tools and supplies. Student costume designers and workship assistants provide design and build support for faculty and guest costume designers.
Makeup RoomsOur three large makeup rooms can seat 40 people for performance preparations or classroom instruction.
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