Named after Donovan Rhynsburger, MU's principal theatre for dramatic productions is in the Fine Arts Building, which also houses the music and art departments. The 278-seat proscenium theatre has a large stage and fly system with well-equipped costume and scenic shops located adjacent to the stage. The theatre houses faculty offices, classrooms, shops, dressing rooms and other production support spaces. Students interested in lighting and sound production will find a variety of equipment and modern control systems on which to learn their craft as well as a state-of-the-art professional computer graphics lab.
Studio 4 provides an opportunity for students and faculty to present smaller, more experimental productions in a flexible space. Seating from 125 to 150, the theatre is designed to accommodate any stage configuration. Studio 4 is located in McKee Gymnasium with the entrance on the south side of the building. It is just a half block to the south of the Rhynsburger Theatre on Hitt St.
The cozy Costume Shop serves as both a classroom and workshop for the Department of Theatre. Seven academic year and two Summer Repertory Theatre productions are brought to life by talented faculty, staff and students. Facilities include a workroom, numerous storage areas, dressing rooms and a fabric modification lab.
The Scene Shop, fully equipped for modern scenery construction, is located in The Fine Arts Building adjacent to the Rhynsburger Theatre stage. The scenery and props for all academic year and for our Summer Repertory Theatre productions are constructed and painted in our shop by our students under the supervision of full-time staff.
For a map of theatre locations, please click here.