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Support Facilities (Shops)

Shop and Storage Facilities

We currently support applied learning by producing between 10 and 18 program theatre productions (student, faculty and guest artist directed) in three theatre venues annually.

Scene Shop

The Scene Shop is 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 extensive industrial grade woodworking 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 regularly 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.

Costume Shop

The Costume Shop is 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.

Storage Warehouse

The Storage Warehouse is an off-campus 17,000 square foot climate controlled lease 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 van for logistic support as the storage facility is located some two miles off campus.

Sub-Stage at The Haymarket Theatre

The Sub-Stage at the Haymarket Theatre contains a large shop area, dressing rooms, and storage for hand props, soft goods and equipment. It is used as additional workspace when we produce in this theatre.


Upcoming Events

Download the 2013-14 Season Brochure for the School of Performing Arts here.

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Apr. 13, 15-19, 21-26* at 7:30pm
Apr. 27 at 2pm and 7:30pm*
*Please be aware that parking will be difficult the weekend of Apr. 25-27 and allow extra time. Theatre Patrons may use the North End Garage on Turner Street for this event.
Squires Studio Theatre
$10/$8/$8 Admission
Tickets: 540-231-5615

Graduate Colloquium Speaker: Sabrina Hamilton, lighting designer/Artistic Director
"Skills for a New Theatre: Parsing Grammars, Mapping Kinship Groups and Understanding Ecosystems" 
Apr. 22, 4:15pm
Theatre 101, College Avenue
Free Admission

Salt Marsh Suite
Apr. 23-27, daytime gallery hours, evening dance performances
The Cube, Moss Arts Center
Free Admission, ticket required for dance performances
www.icat.vt.edu/content/salt-marsh-suite
Call 231-0802 for more information

Performance & Directing Showcase
May 2-9
Theatre 101
Free Admission
End-of-semester showings of student work

4-Screen Cinema Showcase
May 3, 6-8pm; May 5, 12-2pm
The Cube, Moss Arts Center
Free Admission
Showcasing works by cinema and music students

Design Gallery
May 9, 12-4:30pm
Theatre 101
Free Admission
End-of-semester showings of student work

Progeny Film Festival
May 10, 7:30pm
Lyric Theatre, downtown

Summer Arts Festival 2014
June 6 - July 25
Watch for more information.


For more information about future and current season events, click here. 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