Since the introduction of the theatre BFA in 2012, the theatre department has experienced unprecedented growth and currently exceeds its cap of 64 students. Teaching spaces and production facilities have not kept up with this growth. At present, the costume and scene shops, which service all three performing arts departments while also serving as the primary classroom space for theatre design and technology courses, are limited in the number of students they can effectively accommodate. At the same time, theatre courses, production rehearsals, and set construction all use the two performance spaces, severely limiting the time each has access to the space.
The performing arts expansion will enlarge the scene and costume shops, drastically increasing the capacity for teaching and production services. The rehearsal space will accommodate acting classes during the day and production rehearsals in the evenings, leaving the two performance spaces more available for set construction and design and technology courses. The private practice rooms, shared with the music department, will provide space for acting students to rehearse class assignments and audition materials.
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