Explore our Theater Facilities:
The John and Susan Casella Theater, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Center, is a 484-seat proscenium style theater. All of the Theater Arts main stage productions are performed on the Casella stage.
The Black Box Theater is a small, intimate performance space, which seats up to 60 audience members. It is primarily dedicated to student production and studio work.
The performance studio is located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Center. It houses the performance-based classes such as: Acting, Directing, and Dance. It also serves as the rehearsal studio for main stage productions.
The scenic studio is located at the back of the Fine Arts Center, adjacent to the Casella stage and boasts 1,280 square feet of build space. Here students learn the various tools and practices used in the construction, painting, and mounting of scenic elements for the stage. Classes taught here include Stagecraft, Scenic Painting, and Stage Rigging and Metalwork.
The design studio is located in room 120 of the Fine Arts Center. This is where the majority of the Theater Arts design courses are taught. It houses ten drafting stations and an adjacent workroom with cutting tables and supply cabinet. In the design studio, students develop skills in the various areas of theatrical design such as: scene design, costume design, and lighting design. Here they can hone their craft by drafting plots, sketching design concepts, producing renderings, and building models.
The costume shop is located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Center across the hall from the performance studio. Here,students work with faculty to build, alter, dye, and prepare the costumes for department productions. Students also work with hair, wigs, makeup, and special effects makeup.
The Castleton Theater Arts Department maintains one of the largest collections of costume stock in the state of Vermont. Pieces are often rented out to local and regional professional theaters and film companies.
The Green Room is located in the lower level of the Fine Arts Center directly under the Casella stage. During productions, it serves as the waiting area for performers before they go onstage and houses the men’s and women’s dressing rooms. It is also a multi-purpose room that serves as the conference room for production meetings and student organizations as well as a rehearsal space and student lounge. The Green Room is outfitted with three computer workstations for student use and houses the department’s large format plotter.