Classrooms and Labs


In Squires and Henderson Hall:

Marching Virginians Complex (band practice facility)


In Henderson Hall:

  • Two design lab classrooms - one for costume design, one for scenic design
  • Dedicated Lighting Design classroom
  • Model building and crafts studio
  • Sound design lab and recording studio
  • Computer lab with CAD and graphic programs
  • Standard classroom fully equiped with computer and projectors
  • Multi-use ensemble rehearsal room
  • Theatre 101 rooms for performance classes and rehearsals

Construction and Support Facilities:
Scene Shop - a 3500 square foot space with 20’ clear height, located immediately adjacent to The Studio Theatre. Access to the loading dock is via a 24’ X 8’ lift. The scene shop is equipped with industrial grade woodworking, machining, and metalworking tools, both electric and pneumatic. The space is certified for “hot work” and is equipped with gas, plasma, MIG and TIG metal working equipment, and frequently produces extensive steel and aluminum construction.

Beyond traditional construction techniques, the shop regularly designs and fabricates motion control systems using fluid, pneumatic and electrical power components. A paint area provides support for scenic art needs. Tool cabinets, hardware bins, and many pieces of power equipment are equipped with casters for portability as the shop space is sometimes included in performance. In addition, the sub-stage at the Haymarket Theatre provides additional storage for hand props, soft goods, and equipment including a 4x8 ShopBot CNC router table.

Costume Shop - a 1200 square foot space in Henderson Hall featuring excellent ambient lighting from many windows. It is well equipped with cutting tables, ironing tables, a fitting room, and Bernina electronic sewing machines.

The shop also utilizes sergers for edge finishing and electronic embroidery capability. There is an adjacent craft area with spray booth, washers and dryers, and a large capacity commercial dye vat. Extensive shelving provides for fabric and notion storage in the shop.

Management Office - located in Henderson Hall, the Management Office provides marketing and publicity support for all major music, theatre, and cinema productions, as well as front-of-house and customer service coordination.

Storage Warehouse - an off-campus 17,000 square foot climate controlled leased space that houses some 25,000 plus costume pieces and a large collection of antique, modern, and handcrafted furniture pieces. Additionally, a large array of platform, steel structural elements, and specialty items are maintained in this facility. The program has a 16-foot diesel box truck and a cargo van for logistic support as the storage facility is located some two miles off campus.


In McBryde Hall:

  • Classroom/screening room with 5.1 sound, Blu-Ray/DVD players, HDMI inputs, and reconfigurable seating.

In Henderson Hall:

  • Eight 27" iMac + 1 Mac Pro editing stations with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite.

In the Newman Library Cinema Space:

  • Classroom, screening/performance space, and equipment checkout room with dual cinema-specific projectors and screens.

In the Moss Arts Center:

  • Four Cinema editing suites with three 27" iMacs (one 4K) and eight Mac Minis, each with Final Cut Pro X.

View Cinema Equipment list

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