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Theatre 101

Opened in Fall 2009, Theatre 101 is the newest addition to the Theatre & Cinema performance spaces. It is a 42' x 42' experimental black box space with a lighting grid at 18'6'' above finished floor. Audience risers and portable seating allow for flexible staging configurations. Students and faculty use this venue primarily for workshop productions and regular performance classes. Theatre 101 has strong technical capabilities and a lobby front that offers a new public face to the campus and town of Blacksburg.

Technical details

  • Dimmer per circuit lighting control is via a full rack (96 dimmers) distributed in a parallel circuit configuration to 192 circuit locations. A raised control room with full view of the staging and audience area provides lighting, sound, and stage management control.
  • A unique feature of the space is an east facing 12' x 18' high window providing for a more open feel in class and production preparation. For performance, a motorized blackout shade allows for full stage lighting control.
    This  stage is housed in a new building with a street-facing lobby, a box office and dressing room support. Also included is a new 1500 square foot rehearsal hall with a full mirror wall and sprung bamboo flooring.

Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre is a three-quarter thrust/modified proscenium space designed by Theatre & Cinema faculty member Randy Ward. Most commonly used for mainstage productions and the Summer Arts Festival, this facility seats 214. The Studio features state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video systems, and is located directly in front of the Scene Shop, making set construction and loading remarkably convenient. The stage incorporates a trap below and hidden vomitoria surrounding it, providing flexible actor access around the stage area. A dismountable second level balcony is readily available for additional performance space. Dressing rooms are located behind the Scene Shop.

Technical Details

  • The Studio Theatre has a high circuit density lighting catwalk at 30' above stage level. There is a trap room 9' below stage level with a utility flooring system. Above the lighting catwalk there is a 4' square matrix of rigging points for chain hoist suspension of overhead scenic elements. A large control room overlooks the theatre and provides for all control functions.
  • Lighting control distribution is dimmer per circuit (325 dimmers/circuits). Lighting control is dimmer per circuit (188 dimmers/circuits). Available consoles include ETC Eos, ETC Obsession, Jands Hog 500, Strand GSX, and Strand Lightboard M. Lighting fixture inventory includes 400+ focusing units including ETC Source Four (various focal lengths), Arri Fresnels, Altman 360Q (various focal lengths), Altman PAR 64, L&E Cyc Lights, Altman Mini-Strips & Desisti HMI Fresnels. Movers include a variety of High End Studio units in current use. (We also have an inventory of High End Intellabeams – we were one of the first universities to adopt moving lights in the 1980s).
  • Projection equipment includes Pani BP-2 Incandescant (2) and Pani BP-1.2 HMI large format scenic projectors (2), Sanyo and Mitsubishi high-contrast video projectors (5). DMX controlled dousers and WATCHOUT Version 3.4 Presentation software with Dell projector computers for control of 3 video projector outputs.
  • Velour masking, sky drops, scrims, and sky sized black and white RP screens are available stock. Tunnels connect from either side of the stage to a center vomitorium that can be converted to seating when not used in production. There are side house galleries that are used for performance that can connect to a system of dismountable galleries that can wrap around the entire stage at 12 feet above stage level. These galleries can be used as an entire unit or in individual sections.
  • Sound support is via booth racks containing distribution, equalization and effects processing with Crown amplifiers. Sound mix is via an Allen & Heath Saber 32x8 mixing console. Playback is available in any traditional medium, or as digital data from computer. Speakers include options by JBL and Klipsch. Sound editing utilizes Digidesign hardware, ProTools 7.3 LE, and QLab run on Apple computers.

Haymarket Theatre

The Haymarket is a 485-seat, George Izenour-designed proscenium theatre. With continental seating and a 34'-wide proscenium, the Haymarket is the ideal venue for traditional staging configurations. The theatre is fully equipped with sound, lighting, and a fly rail, and dressing rooms are located underneath the stage for easy access.

Technical details

  • The Haymarket has 36 single purchase linesets, a winch driven teasor, torms and first electric, and a hydraulic pit/apron lift that sinks to 18 feet below stage level. Grid height is 45 feet. Velour masking, sky drops, scrims, and sky sized black and white RP screens are available stock.
  • Lighting is from two FOH positions; four box boom positions, and onstage electrics. Lighting control distribution is dimmer per circuit (188 dimmers/circuits). Available consoles include ETC Eos, ETC Obsession, Jands Hog 500, Strand GSX, and Strand Lightboard M. Lighting fixture inventory includes 400+ focusing units including ETC Source Four (various focal lengths), Arri Fresnels, Altman 360Q (various focal lengths), Altman PAR 64, L&E Cyc Lights, Altman Mini-Strips & Desisti HMI Fresnels. Movers include a variety of High End Studio units in current use. (We also have an inventory of High End Intellabeams – we were one of the first universities to adopt moving lights in the 1980s).
  • Projection equipment includes Pani BP-2 Incandescent (2) and Pani BP-1.2 HMI large format scenic projectors (2), Sanyo and Mitsubishi high-contrast video projectors (5). DMX controlled dousers and WATCHOUT Version 3.4 Presentation software with Dell projector computers for control of three video projector outputs.
  • Sound support is via portable racks containing distribution, equalization and effects processing with Crown amplifiers. Sound mix is via an Allen & Heath GL2-S 22x2 mixing console. Playback is available in any traditional medium, or as digital data from computer. Speakers include options by JBL and Klipsch. Sound editing utilizes Digidesign hardware, ProTools 7.3 LE, and QLab run on Apple computers.

Upcoming Events

Summer Arts Festival 2014
June 6 - July 25
Free events from the School of Performing Arts
See here for more information and details.


For ticket information, click here.
NOTE: To check ticket availability after hours, please call 540-808-6504.


Contact Us

Theatre & Cinema Programs
School of Performing Arts
Patricia Raun, Director
Henderson Hall East (0141)
Virginia Tech
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5335
Email: theatreandcinema@vt.edu