Theater and Dance Facilities

Kirby Memorial Theater

Kirby Theater 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
 

WEBSTER THEATER & DANCE REHEARSAL STUDIO USE POLICY

The rehearsal studios (1, 2 & 3) in Webster Hall are lab spaces within an academic department that uses them extensively for academic reasons. The following policy applies to students who wish to use the studios. The studios are managed by the Theater and Dance Department.

PURPOSE

  1. The primary use of the studios is academic: classes, department rehearsals & majors work, and academic assignments given to students enrolled in THDA courses.
  2. Studios are available for extra-curricular use on a limited basis as explained below.

 ACCESS

Studios 1 and 2 are accessed by ID card-swipe. Studio 3 requires a key. Students have access as THDA Majors, through THDA course enrollment, or through approval by the THDA Department Chair.

To request access for an extra-curricular use, please contact the THDA Academic Department Coordinator, Suzie Rivers, at srivers@amherst.edu.

SIGNING-UP FOR TIME (RESERVATIONS)

  1. To reserve studio time, use the sign-up sheets in the THDA lounge. Reservations are no longer on the EMS system.
  1. Sign-up is on a week-by-week basis. Sign-ups are not allowed prior to 2 weeks in advance.
  2. You must legibly fill in your first name, last name, group (if applicable), and phone number.

For THDA students…

  • Sign up for time as needed. Your professor may also reserve blocks of time for course use.
  • Please do not sign-up in advance for more than two hours per day.
  • THDA Majors should contact the Chair to schedule extended or recurring rehearsals.

For extra-curricular groups…

  • An extra-curricular group with approved access may sign-up for not more than three hours of studio time per week without additional permission (see below).
  • You must write the name of your group on the sign-up sheet.
  • Please do not sign-up for more than two consecutive hours at a time on weeknights.
  • For extra-curricular reservations of more than three hours per week, or for recurring requests, you must request approval from the Chair at least three weeks in advance.
  • Extra-curricular groups who wish to use a studio for performances must request permission from the Chair (preferably before the end of the prior semester), obtain equipment and safety certification, and arrange usher services with the THDA Department.
  • Extra-curricular groups may not use studios after midnight.

CANCELLATIONS and CONFLICTS

  • Everyone must use the sign-up sheets, even on the same day of use.
  • If you don’t show up for a reservation within 30 minutes, you forfeit your reservation.
  • If a studio is reserved but not occupied, you may use it. However, if someone with a prior reservation arrives within 30 minutes, then their original reservation must be respected.
  • We expect students to respect one another’s academic needs and to treat one another with courtesy. Students who need studio time for coursework should work together to share.
  • Extra-curricular groups who fail to use the sign-up sheets—or are beyond their 3-hour weekly limit —MUST GRACIOUSLY GIVE WAY to any student who needs the studio for academic reasons.
  • The Chair or ADC of the THDA Department may cancel any reservation at any time. We will strive to give 24 hours notice of any needed cancellation.

REVOKING ACCESS
The Chair of the THDA Department may revoke your—or your group’s—access, if you:

  • Do not follow the guidelines above.
  • Leave a studio door propped open after you leave.
  • Interrupt or abruptly intrude on others’ reserved time in progress.
  • Mistreat the space. This includes not returning furniture to the edges of the room, not storing props, leaving windows or doors open, leaving lights on, or removing furniture or other items.
  • Lend your ID or key to another student who doesn’t have approved access.
  • Sign-up individually for academic use and provide the space to an unlisted extra-curricular group.
  • Cause another student to give up a reservation through pressure, harassment, numerical advantage, or misrepresentation. If you falsely claim to have a reservation, alter someone else’s reservation, or do not honor another student’s reservation, your access will be permanently revoked.
  • In any other way cause conflict.

 ➡ To report unacceptable behavior, please write to the THDA Chair, Ron Bashford, or the ADC, Suzie Rivers.   rdbashford88@amherst.edu / srivers@amherst.edu

PLEASE

Return furniture to the edges of the room when done.

Store items neatly in closets or other appropriate areas.

Do not leave things on window sills.

Throw away your trash, close the windows, turn out the lights, and close the door behind you!

 

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, Johnson Chapel, residence halls, common rooms and outdoor sites.