The Department of Theatre has a variety of rehearsal and training spaces. When the Clarence Brown Theatre was built in 1979, funding was insufficient to complete a single, designated theatre education facility. Building such a facility is currently a Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and University strategic priority. In the meantime, in recent years the University has designated significant facility resources to our programs. Although our spaces are dispersed in different areas of the UT campus, taken together, they are strong facilities. Below are short descriptions of most of our spaces.
Many undergraduate acting and directing classes are held in the Lab Theatre. Graduate and undergraduate acting and voice classes also sometimes convene for training purposes in the CBT and Carousel Theatres.
Other classes are held in a large dance/rehearsal hall (AMB 209) and a smaller classroom studio in Alumni Memorial Building (AMB 209B). AMB 209 has a sprung dance floor and large wall mirrors that can be masked with movable drapes.
Clarence Brown Theatre mainstage production rehearsals also take place in AMB 209.
MFA actors have several designated studios of various sizes in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER).
MFA designers have a designated small house adjacent to campus that contains the graduate seminar room, and design/work rooms. The CBT houses scenic, costume, and props shops, a sewing/costume classroom and large costume collection. Students work closely with professional staff in all of our shops.
All theatre students have access to a large computer lab in the basement of AMB. This lab contains work stations with drafting, photo manipulation, audio and video creation software.
Also in the basement of the AMB is a 1/6 scale theatre media lab, complete with front and rear projection, all kinds of lighting equipment and full surround sound system for projects and classes.
Lighting professor Kenton Yeager developed the Yeager Lighting Lab at UT. This lab is a fully functional scale model that enables students and designers to experiment with and prepare lighting designs for full shows in a controlled, highly flexible setting. Yeager labs are now at use in theatres and theatre departments across the country.