Theater and Dance Facilities

Kirby Memorial Theater

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Kirby Memorial Theater was designed in 1938 by James Kellum Smith of McKim, Mead & White, with the help of S.R. McCandless, a theater designer.  Kirby has since been upgraded to a state-of-the-art 384-seat modified proscenium house, with computerized lighting and sound equipment, a stretch-wire lighting grid, and a refurbished fly system. 

Kirby also houses our scenic and costume shops.  The scene shop is linked to the Holden Theater, easily serving both performing spaces.  Off to the right of the Kirby Theater lobby is Canfield Lounge, where we hold receptions, meetings and small classes. 


Holden Experimental Theater

Built in the late 1990s, Holden Experimental Theater is a 6,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art flexible theater with its own lobby, moveable seating, computer-controlled lighting and sound systems, catwalks, lighting grid, and dressing rooms.

 


Webster Hall

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Just up the hill from the Kirby and Holden Theaters is Webster Hall, which houses the Theater and Dance offices, lounge, and other work and performance spaces.  Webster Hall contains an audio lab, a design resource library, and four spacious studios for performance and visual design work.  Studios One and Three are equipped for performances, with flexible seating risers, and lighting and sound equipment.  Studios One and Two have sprung floors for dance and movement work.  An indoor link connects our space in Webster Hall to the Kirby and Holden theaters below.

Space Requests 

Kirby and Holden Theaters
Requests by student groups to use Kirby or Holden for the spring semester are due by October 31, and will be reviewed by the Theater and Dance Department in December.  Requests for the following fall semester are due by March 30, and will be reviewed by the department in May.  Requests to use Kirby or Holden should be sent to Jonathan Doyle at jmdoyle@amherst.edu
 
Studios 1, 2 and 3
Studio sign-up sheets are located in Webster Hall, next to the department office, Webster G27.  Please be aware of our studio reservation policy:
  • Webster studio space is primarily used for department academic use.
  • Priority is given to department needs and students enrolled in T&D courses.
  • Outside groups may sign up for space on a week-to-week basis.
  • Extensive or recurring requests must be approved by the department, and requested at least 30 days in advance.
  • Department needs may require reservations to be cancelled and rescheduled.
    • In most cases, you will be notified at least 24 hours in advance if your time needs to be changed.
    • Reservations cannot be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice without faculty approval.
  • Unauthorized use (e.g. not signing up, intruding on rehearsals, damaging space, marking up the floor) will result in loss of access to studio spaces.
For questions about reserving studio space, please email Suzie Rivers at srivers@amherst.edu.
 
Audio Suite
In general, to use the audio suite, students need to have taken a related course and get approval from a faculty member.  In rare circumstances, students who have not taken a course may use the room if they demonstrate to a faculty sponsor that they know how to use the facility.  No students may use the audio suite without a faculty sponsor from Theater and Dance or Music.  Approval must be renewed each semester.

Other Spaces

The department supports student production in other spaces around the campus, including Marsh Arts House, Merrill Science Center, Johnson Chapel, residence halls, common rooms and outdoor sites.