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Booking a Theatre

Please review the information below before requesting a theatre booking. Keep in mind that the Department of Theatre season offerings and our curriculum take priority, necessitating nearly full-time use of our theatres.

  • Although theatre spaces do appear on Miami's 25Live scheduling system, no request will be approved unless the the event is proposed to the Theatre Department by the processes outlined here.

Contact

Melanie Mortimore, Department of Theatre Production Manager

Gates-Abegglen Theatre | Studio 88 Theatre | Hiestand 100


Gates-Abegglen Theatre

The extensive use of the theatre as a laboratory classroom makes it difficult to "book in" other activities into the space. If you have an event that does not require lighting, sound, or a "clean" stage environment, please contact the Theatre Department Production Manager, Melanie Mortimore to discuss the availability of the space. It is always possible your event may fall in a time in which the space is free. The first week or two of the second semester, for example, are often available.

  • If you represent a department interested in bringing in a small professional performance, we might also be interested in co-sponsoring the event with you.
  • During the summer months, the Theatre Department does not have full-time staff present to ensure the safety of those not experienced in the use of theatrical equipment or to be present during your event to cover liability. It is also the time we schedule the regular large-scale maintenance of our equipment to keep it in safe working order for our students and our staff.
  • A faculty or staff member of the Department of Theatre must be present whenever a group uses this space. You may be asked to cover the cost of this staff member while you are in the space.

Studio 88 Theatre

Studio 88 Theatre is a 110-115 seat flexible space theatre. Scheduling of the space recognizes the following priorities:

  1. Season and Creative Thesis productions (rehearsal space, construction shop and performance space)
  2. Classroom (including rehearsal and performance functions of directing and performance classes)
  3. Independent credit-earning Student Projects (independent studies)
  4. Extra-Curricular, Co-Curricular or Non-Departmental Activities

Season and Creative Thesis Production

Season productions are those fully produced by the Department of Theatre, and directed by either graduate students or undergraduate students who have qualified to direct. Scheduling of the space for the needs of season production is coordinated by the production manager to accommodate rehearsal time, construction, painting, hang, focus and level set.

Creative thesis productions are those productions initiated by graduate students who have qualified for a creative thesis, but not as part of the fully produced season. Scheduling of the space is coordinated by the graduate production assistant.

Classroom Use

All efforts will be made to accommodate classes scheduled in 88. Classes may, however, be asked to vacate 88 during tech week and the week before tech week of a season production to accommodate construction, painting and electrics.

  • Performance-related activities that are part of class but are not held during scheduled class time need to be scheduled by the course instructor. The course instructor should contact Melanie Mortimore, Department of Theatre Production Manager, to schedule the space.
  • The use of 88 for any class activity (whether or not the class is held in 88) should be handled in the same way. Contact Melanie Mortimore, Department of Theatre Production Manager, for details.
  • For classroom activities, key access will only be issued to the course instructor.

Venue for Independent Student Projects

Any student wishing to use 88 for independent class projects may use the space provided the following criteria are met:

  • The project is part of the student’s academic coursework in theatre (an independent study or honors thesis)
  • The project has a theatre faculty sponsor
  • The production manager has been contacted for approval. Approval will be granted based on availability of space, production demands, and department staff schedules. Neither content nor subject matter will be a factor.

Venue for Extra-, Co- or Non-Departmental Activities

Any students or group wishing to use 88 for self-produced projects that are not connected to any class or independent study may use the space provided the following criteria are met:

  • The project has a faculty sponsor
  • The  production manager has been contacted for approval. Approval will be granted based on availability of space, production demands, and department staff schedules. Neither content nor subject matter will be a factor.

Students and other groups wishing to use Studio 88 for projects must understand:

  • SecondStage Productions, Classroom projects (THE421/521 scenes) and independent studies get priority in scheduling.
  • Studio 88 is to be considered a load-in load-out facility. It is a fully functioning classroom with many events regularly scheduled in it. You may not erect any permanent staging or scenic devices, nor may you store anything in the space. Anything you need for your project must be brought in with you when you arrive and taken with you when you leave for each rehearsal and performance. Depending on tech/performance schedules, it MAY be possible to leave items in the theatre between shows if multiple performances are scheduled.
  • Prior to performances, you can schedule up to five rehearsals in 88 (inclusive of technical rehearsals), and each rehearsal may be no more than 3 hours long.
  • Lighting and Sound requirements must be defined prior to approval, and the name of the student(s) responsible for these areas must be included on the request form. A copy of the standard light plot is available. This plot may not be altered with the exception of color and the addition of specials. The lighting coordinator must schedule a period for hang and focus with the production manager.
  • Studio 88 Guidelines must be followed at all times. Failure to do so may result in revocation of space approval.
  • If you anticipate your show will be very popular, you should have a house manager posted to safeguard capacity limit.
  • Being approved to use 88 does NOT grant you the right to use costumes, scenery or props from the department’s stock, nor use of dressing/makeup rooms. Use of any of these must be arranged through the appropriate area supervisor.
  • Upon approval, the production manager will authorize key access to the student proposing the project and to the student coordinating lights.

Non-Departmental Groups

As with Gates Theatre, we do not have staffing to provide theatrical lighting or sound for outside groups, but if your event needs only a bare stage and basic on/off lighting, please contact the Theatre Department Production Manager, Melanie Mortimore to discuss the availability of the space. The space is very small, so micing is usually not needed.

A faculty or staff member of the Department of Theatre must be present whenever a group uses this space. You may be asked to cover the cost of this staff member while you are in the space.


Hiestand 100

We also have a very intimate performance venue in Hiestand Hall: Hiestand 100. It is home to the Scripts Out of Hand series presented by our playwriting classes, as well as our Fridays at Five Open Mic series. It seats up to 45 audience members. If this space might meet your needs, contact the Department of Theatre Main Office (529-3053).