PERFORMANCE SPACES AND THEATRES
The Connecticut Repertory Theatre performs in three very different spaces. Each semester two Main Stage series shows are produced either in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre or the Nafe Katter Theatre. The Studio Works series is usually performed in the intimate Studio/Mobius space.
Our principle stage, the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, is a 500 seat proscenium stage with extensive modern lighting and sound systems and a counterweight fly system. Automation and motorized rigging is a common staple of CRT’s productions utilizing some of the most up-to-date technology available in the entertainment industry. The Scene Shop, Paint Shop, and the Costume Shop currently reside in this historic building constructed in the 1950’s.
The Nafe Katter Theatre opened in the Fall of 2004. This innovative facility has 235 seats and it is named after its main benefactor, Emeritus Professor Nafe Katter. The theatre was designed collaboratively by a group of drama faculty members and university architects led by Distinguished Professor of Theatre Gary English. The stage is a thrust with a modified fly-house that allows scenery and lighting to be flown. It is our most up-to-date facility.
The Studio Theatre, a 100 seat proscenium theatre, is located in the Drama/Music building and shares its support facilities with the Mobius Theatre, an environmental black box space. The Studio/Mobius complex annually houses our Studio Works Series and several student-directed dramatic, musical, and Puppet Arts events.
The Puppet Arts Complex, located at the Depot Campus, is a satellite university location three miles from the main campus that houses various university services. The Puppet Arts division and the department’s Props facilities occupy a 1 million dollars renovated space. The complex includes a high-tech classroom, kitchen, puppet arts library, computer lab, large rehearsal room with resilient floor and newly installed lighting system. There is also a plaster casting room, dye-vat room with washer and dryer, puppetry wood shop and a large studio with individual workspaces for each Puppet Arts undergraduate and graduate student.
The Properties Shop has hand prop storage, a sewing room, offices and a scene shop with MIG welder and typical metal and woodworking tools. There is also a 1200 sqft storage facility at the depot campus which is shared by the carpentry, props and puppet arts divisions.
The HSJ Scene Shop is located behind the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, immediately adjacent to the stage. The scene shop is a 16’x 40’ space which houses all major woodworking and welding equipment. The HSJ stage provides about 2500 sqft of floor space. There is also a counter-weighted paint frame and paint gallery for painting drops up to 22’x 41’. On the second floor, the Paint Shop provides an area for mixing color and testing paint techniques, as well as storage for show paint and tools.
The Costume Shop is located upstairs from the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre and is outfitted with the equipment found in most professional theatrical costume shops. The costume storage is over 1600 square feet and houses costumes produced and collected by the department for over 50 years. There is a fully equipped dye lab located in the Puppet Arts Complex.
Other Teaching and Student Facilities
The Graduate Student Design Studio is equipped with individual workstations, plan files, printer, scanner, internet access and growing research and support materials.
Located on the Drama/Music building’s first floor, room 109 serves as the Undergraduate Student Design Studio for the Dramatic Arts Department. The Undergraduate Studio is equipped with drafting tables, plan files and pin-up boards, model shelves, a Smart Board and audiovisual teaching equipment.
The Print Lab located across from Room 109 is equipped with an HP T2500 plotter and an HP700 printer. Both machines allow for wireless printing, and the plotter allows for large format scanning and copying. A computer is also available in this room for all Dramatic Art Students.
Our Lighting Design Laboratory is a center for exploration and experimentation for both students and faculty. It is equipped with an ETC Element control console, 24-2.4kw dimmers, and its own inventory of lighting instruments. The lab also contains sample cuts of all current filters in the Roscolux, Lee, and GAM color lines.