Theaters, Studios, & Shops
The Theater Division has two main stage theaters solely for its use: the Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater in Kantner Hall and the Forum Theater in the Radio-Television Building next door to Kantner Hall.
The Baker Theater is a fully equipped, standard proscenium theater, seating 265. It has a stage house with 33 linesets, a dimmer-per-circuit lighting system and separate sound and communications systems.
The Forum Theater is a deep thrust space with seating for 275. While its primary use is as a 3/4 thrust stage, it is also capable of conversion to an arena stage. Its lighting and sound systems are comparable to those in the Baker Theater.
Our primary black box theater, The Hahne, seats approximately 50. It is a flexible space with its own lighting and sound system. It is used for laboratory shows and as a technical teaching space as well as the home for Playwrights' weekly Midnight Madness.
Other classrooms include a model-making room for the Production Design and Technology Program, multiple performance classrooms and an intimate seminar room with a variety of multimedia presentation capabilities. All theater faculty and administration have their offices in Kantner Hall.
The Theater Division also uses spaces in other university buildings, including the historic Ridges Auditorium and Putnam Hall which houses a movement and voice classroom and a design studio. Putnam Hall also houses the Dance Division, the Create_Space (formerly the Aesthetics Technology Lab) and classroom space for Interdisciplinary Arts.
This is a clip of Dinah Berkeley,(BFA 2011)talking about why she chose Ohio University and what she was looking for in a program.