Denison loves the arts. And for the majority of our students, the arts play an integral role not only in their college experience, but also throughout the rest of their lives, no matter their profession.
Theatre Arts Building - Ace Morgan Theatre
The building houses the Department of Theatre and Theatre Box Office.
Designed by William Gehron and dedicated in 1956, the Theatre Arts Building houses the LeRoy "Ace" Morgan theatre, a 194-seat proscenium house, used for main stage and student productions. Ace was a drama student and member of the class of 1945 who was killed in World War II. The building was financed in part by contributions to his memorial fund. The theatre has been updated with state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities Housed in the Theatre Arts Building are faculty offices and classrooms, one of which is a "smart" room used for seminars and design classes as well as for the theatre library with hundreds of play scripts and theatre texts. The building also contains the box office, and excellent construction and support facilities including: a fully-equipped 1800 square-foot scene shop; a welding, metal fabrication, cabinetry and fine props construction shop; a paint storage and preparation room with a two-story electric paint frame; a fully-stocked electrics shop; an extensive costume shop with separate cutting and pattern layout shops; and costume & prop storage facilities housing hundreds of props and costumes from every historical period.
During Big Red Weekend, the Black Box Theatre in Burke saw the premiere of not just one production, but three. It’s part of an exciting new festival program at Denison that has even more students involved, and they’re getting hands-on experience in even more aspects of theatre production.