Theater and Dance

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 peformance spaces.

Webster 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.


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.


REQUESTS

Requests by student groups to use Kirby or Holden for the upcoming 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
Requests to use Studios 1, 2, or 3, should be sent to Stephanie Vieira at svieira@amherst.edu.

Studio space use is reserved for students enrolled in a Theater and Dance course.

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 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.

 
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