Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Theatre Arts & Dance Facilities

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has a wide diversity of learning environments, studios, rehearsal spaces, technical laboratories and performance spaces, some of which include a fully equipped costume and make-up laboratory, and a computer design laboratory. 

Two newly constructed dance studios—one to house ballet (2,632 sq. ft.) and other for modern dance (2,800 sq. ft. with an additional 739 sq. ft. of carpeted audience area for informal showings). Both studios have high quality sprung flooring with permanently installed Marley surfacing designed for ballet and modern dance. A tap studio (1,976 sq. ft.), with suspended wood flooring adds to the department’s unique curricular offering. The ballet and modern dance studios are located in the Multipurpose Center. The tap studio is located in Auditorium 109.

Performance facilities include:

The Auditorium Theatre


Located on the campus of Southern Utah University, the Auditorium Theatre, completed in 1954, was renovated with new seating, carpet, paint, acoustic and sound system improvements in 2004. The Auditorium features a proscenium stage with curved thrust. Seating Capacity: 853 seats in three seating sections (orchestra, mezzanine and balcony).

The Randall L. Jones Theatre

Randall L. Jones Theatre

The Randall L. Jones Theatre, dedicated in 1989, was designed by the firm of Fowler, Ferguson, Kingston, and Ruben, with theatrical design by the California firm of Landry and Bogan, as well as Cameron Harvey, Festival Producing Artistic Director. It was built at a cost of $5.5 million and featured in the August 1990 edition of Architecture Magazine. Seating Capacity:769: 557 orchestra, 180 balcony, 26 box seats

The Adams Shakespearean Theatre

Adams Shakespeare Theatre

The Adams Shakespearean Theatre, dedicated in 1977, was designed by Douglas N. Cook, Festival Producing Artistic Director, along with Max Anderson of the Utah State Building Board, and is patterned after drawings and research of sixteenth century Tudor stages. Experts say it is one of a few theatres that probably come close to the design of the Globe Theatre in which Shakespeare's plays were originally produced. It is so authentic, in fact, that the British Broadcasting Company filmed part of its Shakespeare series there. It is named for Grace Adams Tanner, a major benefactor of the Festival, and her parents, Thomas D. and Luella R. Adams. Seating Capacity: 819, plus 66 gallery-bench or standing-room seats.