Facilities

The University of Washington School of Drama is housed in more than five buildings. Our facilities include three main stage theaters, three black-box theaters, five studios, two student lounges, a library dedicated entirely to drama, a costume shop, a scene shop, multiple classrooms and on and off-campus storage for scenery and costumes. Use of these spaces range from practicum to performance, with many available for students to reserve.

For information about our performance venues, click here.

Performance Spaces

Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater

On the Historic Register, the Penthouse was the first Theatre in the Round (arena) built in the United States.

This 160 seat theatre was completely renovated in 1991 when it was moved from its original south campus location. It also houses a rehearsal hall, faculty offices, and prop storage and is located near Hutchinson Hall.

AutoCAD Drawings of the Penthouse Theater (.zip)

UW Penthouse Theatre, circa 1956 (1:32 silent video)


Floyd & Delores Jones Playhouse

Originally a storehouse and remodeled into a theatre in 1930, the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse (originally called the Seattle Repertory Playhouse), was the very first state-sponsored theatre in the nation and was home to WPA projects and the Negro Federal Theatre Projects.

It has a thrust stage, seats 210, and is located at 4045 University Way NE.

AutoCAD Drawings of the Playhouse Theater (.zip)


Meany Studio Theater

Located on the lower level of Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on the UW Campus, the Studio Theatre is an end-stage theatre and seats 250.

AutoCAD Drawings of the Meany Studio Theater (.zip)

 

Shops

Costume Shop

Scene Shop

The Costume Shop, located in 135 Hutchinson Hall and only a few steps from the Drama Library, is one of the best equipped multi-functional costume shops in the area. It features 8 full size work tables, 2 fitting rooms, hardwood floors, windows, full dye/crafts room, laundry facilities, and kitchen. 7 organized and inventoried storerooms contain over 7,000 feet of hanging storage and 800 feet of boxed storage. Full time staff keep the room busy building everything from bat wings to beautiful turn of the century gowns.

The Costume Shop is open every Thursday from 2-6 PM for checking out and returning costumes. Click here to view the Shop's loan policy.

Students, check out the Costume Club on Facebook.

Josie Gardner discusses some Costume Shop Donations below:


Approximately 1 mile away from Hutchinson Hall at 3941 University Way NE is the Drama Scene Shop. It contains space for carpentry, metal work, paint, electric and prop shop activities.

In the Scene Shop are staff offices, a small design computer lab, and properties storage.The School has essential storage facilities for scenery and theatrical furniture in the University's warehouses at the SoDo Center, University Village and the Northlake Building.

 

Classrooms/Studios

The Cabaret

This space (Hutchinson 205) serves a variety of functions. Weekdays until 5:00pm, it is a classroom space. Later in the evening, it is an Undergraduate Performance Space equipped with lighting and sound systems, drapes, and seating.

 

Design Studios

Hutchinson Hall's newly remodeled design wing includes both grad and undergrad design studios, a computer lab, lounge, light lab and faculty offices.

New design studio a perfect fit (UW Today, May 25, 2011)

Hutchinson 201/202/208/303

Hutchinson Hall has a variety of classroom spaces, including large acting studios used for classes, individual work and rehearsals.

 

Check out a Photosynth of Room 303.

Studio 218

A black box performance space used by directing students. 218 seats approximately 60, and has movable risers, light grid, updated sound equipment and booth.