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 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, offering performing arts students, faculty and programs more than 108,000 square feet of transformational space.
Thorsen Dance Studio
The Thorsen Dance Studio, which seats up to 156 people, is an extremely versatile studio. High windows provide natural light while protecting dancers’ privacy. 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.
Located next door to the Eisner Center, Doane Dance provides a second large dance studio/performance space. It seats 100 and 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. It has a five-layer spring-loaded floor. This studio is used for some rehearsals and occasional performances, as well as a studio work space for students and faculty.