With performance venues, studios and production spaces as well as department faculty offices all located in two adjacent buildings, Susquehanna’s theatre program acts as a “campus within a campus.”
Degenstein Center Theater
This modern 450-seat proscenium teaching theatre is the jewel of the theatre department. With a counterweight fly system, pit, and state-of-the-art lighting, sound capabilities and instruments rarely found at the university level. Expressly designed for the speaking voice, the Degenstein Campus Theater provides generous audience capacity while remaining an intimate space.
This black box theater features high ceilings, a sprung wood floor, lighting system as well as great natural light. Primarily used for acting and directing classes, it also serves as a rehearsal space and secondary dance studio. This space is exclusively used by the theatre department, and students may reserve the studio for rehearsals.
Greta Ray Dance Studio
Created in 2009, the studio boasts high ceilings, a sprung wood floor, bars and rolling glassless mirrors.
Scene Shop and Design Lab
The fully equipped scene and lighting design labs include resources for planning lighting and scenery, including WYSIWYG software.The department scene shop offers the tools and resources necessary to create scenery from lumber, metal, engineered wood products, foam and nontraditional materials. In conjunction with department performance venues, the scene shop provides the lab setting for study of theatrical rigging and scenic structural design, stagecraft and theatre technology. The scene shop's proximity and accessibility to the Degenstein Center Theater extends the lab's space and allows for many scenes to be constructed on stage.
The Costume Shop holds an extensive collection of period costumes complete with corsets and hoop skirts. The shop has standard and industrial sewing machines as well as surgers. This equipment allows the department to offer classes in pattern making, draping and millinery, which is typically taught only at the graduate level by other theatre programs.