The Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts
The Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts is home to the departments of dance, music and theatre, creating a dynamic, interactive space where students collaborate across disciplines. The building is named for Michael D. Eisner ’64, a Life Trustee of the college, a former chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, and founder of the Tornante Company.
The Eisner Center houses state-of-the-art stages and rehearsal spaces, numerous classrooms and offices, as well as many open spaces especially configured to encourage interdisciplinary activity. The Eisner Center now encompasses Burke Hall to create a continuous performing arts experience. Taken together, Denison offers its performing arts students, faculty and programs more than 108,000 square feet of transformational space.
The Thorsen Dance Studio Room 271, which seats up to 156 people, is an extremely versatile studio. Multiple connection points along a grid for lighting, audio, and projection, allow choreographers to orient performances virtually any direction. The Harlequin sprung-floor system offers the latest technology with three layers of basket-weave substructure, subfloor, and vinyl flooring. In addition, radiant heating in the floor the dancers’ comfort and to reduce risk of injury.
Built in 1905 as a gymnasium, Doane Dance also was home to art studios before being renovated to house the dance department in 1975. A large studio/performance space, which seats 100, is equipped with a full set of theatrical lights and a professional sound system. Its sound/light booth includes a sound recording and mixing board, 24 dimmers and a dimmer doubling system. This studio is still being used for some rehearsals, and occasional performances, as well as for studio work for students and faculty.