UIW Theatre Arts produces in two
venues: The Coates Theatre and the Cheever Downstage II
Theatre. These are both located in the Elizabeth Huth Coates
Theatre Building. This building also houses the scene shop,
a design studio, props storage, a department library, the
Theatre Arts Box Office, and a spacious lobby. Most Theatre
Arts performance and directing classes take place in the
The Halligan-Ibbs Theatre building is adjacent to the Coates
Theatre Building. This building houses the Theatre Arts offices,
Costume Shop, a traditional classroom, the Green Room, Theatre
Arts callboards, a dance studio, and dressing rooms.
The Coates Theatre
The Coates Theatre is a surprisingly intimate 270-seat proscenium
arch theatre that serves as a performance space and as an
exciting place to creatively apply techniques and principles
learned in department courses.
Cheever Downstage II Theatre
Cheever Downstage II Theatre is a studio
theatre that seats 75-100 patrons depending on the stage/audience
configuration chosen for the production. The Cheever provides
students a performance space that is intimate and incredibly
flexible, and is wonderful space in which student designers
and performers may experiment.
Scenery, Properties, and Costume Shops
Fully equipped property, costume, and scene
shops support both theatres. Students learn a wide range
of skills in these shops, and learn to use both basic equipment
and high-tech computer assisted design software.
For more information about the Scene Shop,
contact Technical Director George
For more information about the Costume
Shop, contact Costume Shop supervisor Kathryn
Costume Designer Margaret
Our box office serves both theatres and
uses the same highly sophisticated software program used
by many professional theatres in the United States, and abroad.
For more information about the Box Office,
contact Box Office Manager Chrissie