Mabie Theatre, the largest venue serving the Department of Theatre Arts, was built in the early 1930s as a state-of-the-art Broadway house. In the early years, many plays premiered here before transferring to New York.
Thayer Theatre is a venue that is only limited by an artistic team’s collective imagination. It is a vast, flexible theatre with a 36-foot high ceiling, and adjustable seating banks for audiences from 144 to 172.
MacVey Theatre serves as home to student-driven productions with an emphasis on new play development. Formerly known as Theatre B, this venue features fixed seating for 138, a 24” high stage, movable black curtains, a full stage projection screen, and a standard light plot.
This is a laboratory for research and teaching where faculty and students can work across disciplines to create theatre for the twenty-first century. These new technologies prepare our students for professional careers in the entertainment industry of the future and support innovation in digital arts.
The Cosmo Catalano Acting Studio is a large, beautiful space used for acting, movement, and voice classes. It also serves as an intimate theatre for readings.
The Theatre Building also houses four other spaces dedicated to educating students.
- 18 iMac computer workstations
- Focusrite Clarett sound interface on each workstation
- Full complement of digital media software including:
- QLab 4
- Adobe Creative Cloud
University Parking Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend.
A metered lot for week-day use is located on the west side of the building.
The Theatre Building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700.
The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east side of the building near the river. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.
Since 2016, the Department of Theatre Arts has invested over $250,000 in professional grade equipment, including:
- Video production equipment:
- Video projection equipment:
- Media servers
- Laptops with professional software installed
- Motion capture equipment
- Kinect sensors
- Portable motion capture suits/systems
- Virtual and augmented reality equipment
Other supplemental professional equipment is available to students for check-out for class projects and experiments, independent project rehearsals, developmental research, and production
This equipment is available for set-up both in classes, lab spaces, and other sites, and also in our theaters.