Auburn University debuts new black box theatre and dance studio

Auburn University debuts new black box theatre and dance studio

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University is raising a curtain on the Theatre Department's new black box experimental theatre and dance studio.

"It just opens up the possibilities for us," explains Robin Jaffe, production manager and faculty technical director in the Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts

This fall lovers the of the performing arts will have the chance to experience the $3.9 million dollar, two story addition to Auburn's existing Telfair B. Peet Theatre.

The black box is just as it sounds, a large rectangular space with four black walls and a flat floor.

It is a space that will allow the minds of faculty and students to run wild.

"Puppets and animation, we'll be using projections, we have live actors and we'll be using the space in all kinds of creative ways because there are really no rules with a black box, you can do whatever you want," explains AU Department of Theatre Chair, Scott Phillips.

The new addition will also allow the department's 130+ students to learn state-of-the-art technology.

Engineered sprung floors have been installed in both the theatre and the studio.

Also, a wire tension grid will allow safe access to lighting, cables and speakers.

A first of its kind at a university in Alabama, the grid can safely hold up to 90,000 pounds.

"This gives us a place for our students to learn new things, learn the program of the tension grid, learn how to program and be in a black box space unlike the small little place we had. It is a real experience," says Jaffe.

Patrons of the theatre will find that the new space will allow a far better and more comfortable experience than what they've been used to.

"This just gives us the flexibility to do all kinds of material in the way that material invites us to do it," explains Phillips.

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