Theater : Facilities

Gilliam Center for the Arts   

new building photo

 The Center brings theater, music and art together under the same roof embracing the faculty’s emerging interdisciplinary approach to arts education.   This 14.5 million dollar facility boasts an ample shop and studio facilities with a compliment of entertainment technology that rivals almost any program its size in the nation.    Intermingled studio and shop spaces combine their service to a variety of artistic disciplines inviting students and the entire community to crosswire a unique conception of the artistic process. 




Performance Venue

The theater is a sort of hybrid performance space with the technical flexibility of a large-scale ‘black-box theater’ and a contemporary décor that creates the sort of aesthetic presence a traditional theater represents.  Seating in the theater is variable and can be reconfigured for performances in 1-sided, 3-sided, and 4-sided (theater in the round) configurations, seating between 130 and 200 people for intimate and engaging performances.


One of the most technically equipped facilities in the region, the theater features:

Ø A motorized twenty foot revolving turntable

Ø More than 300 lighting fixtures (ETC, Selicon)

Ø 26  moving-head intelligent lighting Fixturesaudience photo

v  Martin 700 Profiles

v  Martin Smartmacs

v  ETC Revolutions w/wybron scroller

Ø 32   CromaQ Cascade Scrollers

Ø ETC Ion Lighting Control Console

Ø CM Lodestar Chain Hoists

Ø Wireless beltpack-headsets

Ø 1080p HD Projection System

Ø Genie 2646 drivable scissor lift

Ø Live audio/video-feed monitoring of performances

v  Broadcast to greenroom, shop, rehearsal hall,  & lobby


Ø Touchscreen Computer Technology throughout

Ø Allen & Heath iLive-176 Sound Digital Mixing System

Ø Automated line-set rigging by J.R. Clancy (Powerlift/Scene Control)

Ø 4-   Instant Replay sound playback units (360 Systems)

Ø Audio Workstation w/SFX,  ProTools  & Digidesign 03 Surface

 Ø Wired intercom/paging system


Scene ShopScene Shop Picture

2400  square feet of floor space for scenic fabrication and construction, the scene shop is an exceptionally equipped production facility.  It features wood & metal fabrication areas as well as a 3-story painting and construction area and a storage loft with hoist.  Pneumatic and electric hook-ups  line the walls and ceilings.  Cable pass-through sleeves connect adjoining performance spaces to extend water, air, or additional electric capacity between spaces while two 14 foot acoustically sealing doors  open up onto the stage .    Shop equipment includes:


                2 table saws                3 drill presses                   2 metal chop saws                Miter arm-slide saw

                Radial Arm Saw      Delta Wood Shaper     Millermatic Welders         Horizontal Band Saw

                Panel Saw                   2 Vertical Band Saw    Bench Grinder                      Foam Sculpting Equipment



 Costume ShopCostume Shop Picture
1450  square feet dedicated to costume construction and care look out over the campus lake on one side and the Arts Center courtyard on the other.  The main section of the shop is lined with storage closets housing over 200 linear feet of hanging costume storage.  This section features a large cutting table, multiple draping dress forms,  an industrial vacuum steam pressing table and front-load washer and dryer.  The sewing area contains Juki industrial sewing machines including two strait stitch, a walking foot, overlook,  blind stitch, and zig-zag machine.  Additionally there are 2 commercial Janome  machines with adjustable speed capabilities. 




Rehearsal hall photo

Acting Studio/Rehearsal Hall

A beautiful acoustically tuned studio with giant picture windows looking out on the campus lawn and lake.  The rehearsal hall features a hardwood sprung floor, border curtains, 18 foot ceilings with  mirrors for mask and dance work and a ballet bar.    The room has a large format touch screen presentation computer as well as theatrical lighting and sound capacities for intimate performances. 




Courtyard PhotoCourtyard

In the center of the Center for the Arts is an open-air courtyard with bistro-style tables and chairs for picnics and outdoor classes.   The outdoor arena also boasts a dedicated sound system with permanently mounted-all weather Community brand speakers  and lighting infrastructure for outdoor concerts and performances. 




Design Studio Photo

Design Studio

This classroom makes all the necessary provision for design classes including convertible craft/drafting tables, materials storage and a touch screen presentation computer.  Design students research, draw, model and present scenic, costume and lighting designs. 








Digital Design Lab & Educational/Creativity Softwaredigilab photo

High-end computers outfitted for sophisticated audio, video and graphics applications line this classroom and provide students with the opportunity to work on professional computer aided designs and audio and video production.  Hardware includes:

Ø Macs and P.C.’s w/24” Widescreen Monitors

Ø Adobe Creative Suite 4 on every machine

Ø Music composition, Audio and Video Editing Software

Ø HD Video Production Equipment (cameras, microphones,  tripods and dollies)

Ø DVD Duplicator

Ø Drafting Plotter

Ø Intuos Digital Drawing Tablets

Ø Entertainment Technology Software

o   VectorWorks

o   SFX

o   Pro-Tools

o   Lightwright