main stage theater
The majority of EMU Theater productions are staged in the MainStage Theater, pictured here, which was renovated in 2011 and includes new stage lighting and sound reinforcement equipment, a high-intensity LCD projector and automated rigging systems for accessing the over-stage equipment, new dressing rooms, and even a “green room” lounge area.
Below, EMU professor of theater Heidi Winters Vogel introduces the new MainStage Theater space during a campus dedication in 2011.
EMU’s primary theater facilities were part of a major renovation of the University Commons in 2011.
The renovated MainStage Theater now seats 200 and features a gracious entry, new seating and curtains and better audience lighting and aisle lights.
With all that, the intimacy and semi-thrust form of the previous configuration has been retained. New technology includes new stage lighting and sound reinforcement equipment, a high-intensity LCD projector and automated rigging systems for accessing the over-stage equipment.
The best part: completely new dressing rooms, adjacent to the stage house, including shower and changing rooms for men and women, 12 makeup stations, laundry facilities, and a “green room” lounge area.
The relocated Studio Theater, named for the late Lee Eshleman, a 1986 EMU art graduate, provides the theater community with a flexible space for producing plays in an infinitely variable setting. Called a “black box” because of its neutral color and shape, it is capable of becoming any form of stage with the addition of portable seating risers and stage scenery.
Included in the new space are a permanent balcony ready for actors, crew, or even audience members, new stage lights and lighting control system, and an all-over automated lighting grid for ease of access and maximum flexibility. Of particular advantage is the new location’s close access to Common Grounds coffehouse for intermission or after-show refreshments and conversation.