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Gibson Center for the Arts

The Theatres

The Alonzo G. and Virginia Gent Decker Theatre

This performance/lecture space is designed for public access for major events. The Decker Theatre offers seating capacity for 450 audience members.

The Tawes Experimental Theatre

This performance space is ideal for its versatility and size, as well as its lighting and sound capabilities. Modeled after the Greek amphitheaters, the experimental black box theater has steeply raked horseshoe-shaped seating that brings all audience members close to the action onstage. Audiences enter directly from the main lobby area and through a covered passageway. A gallery around the space provides crew access to the control booth and to the three overhead lighting catwalks; the gallery also provides additional lighting positions.

The control booth contains state-of-the-art lighting and sound control and designated projection positions. It is wired for network and broadcast capabilities. The space also serves as a lighting and design lab. Acting and directing classes regularly use the space.

Drama students direct, design, and act in an intimate relationship with their audience. The majority of senior thesis productions—12-15 each year—are performed here.