Benstead Theatre is located in the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, which is home to music, art and theatre. The theatre is an innovative flexible-space “black-box” which includes a proscenium opening, stage deck and a fly gallery allowing plays to be staged in arena, thrust, environmental or proscenium depending upon the director and designers’ creative vision. The facility is dedicated to the theatre department so rehearsals and construction occur right in the space. First-year students who have experienced only proscenium staging in high school find Benstead Theatre a new and exciting place to perform and work.
The theatre is supported by lighting and sound control boards that are replaced with the latest equipment on a regular rotation; fully equipped scene and costume shops; a design studio; an acting studio; and, a make-up room large enough to double as a rehearsal space.