Venue Technical Information

From stage dimensions, to lighting to seating capacity and more. Use the following documents when preparing for a performance.

Gerald Freedman Theatre

Formerly known as the Proscenium Thrust Theatre, on November 15, 2012, the largest theatre in Alex Ewing Performance Place was renamed The Gerald Freedman Theatre in honor of the dean emeritus' more than two decades of service.

The Gerald Freedman Theatre is located on the upper ground level of Alex Ewing Performance Place and is similar in design to the Circle Repertory Theatre in New York and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. It is an optimal performance space for drama with 358 seats that surround, on three sides, a thrust stage. No seat is more than 36 feet away from the stage. The audio mixing position is located in the back of the house.

The Gerald Freedman Theatre
The upstage proscenium is equipped with a single purchase counterweight fly system. This is the only on-campus venue with a permanent fly house available for flying scenery. The upstage wall is equipped with a projection bubble which enables full-stage, rear-screen projection.

Stage Information and Dimensions

Ground Plan (DWG) (9-3-2013)
Ground Plan (JPG)
Ground Plan (PDF)
Section (DWG) (9-3-2013)
Section (PDF)
Rep Plot (VWX) (10-16-2015)
FOH Rep Plot (PDF) (8-26-2015)
Overstage Rep Plot (PDF) (8-26-2015)
Rep Lighting Paperwork (PDF) (10-16-2015)
Rep Lighting Paperwork(LW5) (10-16-2015)
Sound Plot (PDF) (9-25-2012)
Lineset Schedule (PDF) (7-26-2016)
Freedman Legs Restore Cheat Sheet (PDF) (3-8-2016)
Freedman Soft Goods Inventory (PDF) (1-13-2016)

Catawba Arena Theatre

The Catawba Arena Theatre is located just off the lobby of Alex Ewing Performance Place. This arena is a small, flexible stage with seating for 151. The audience seating consists of five movable sections of 26 seats, three palettes of five seats each and two palettes of three seats each. Each seating section is on casters and can be moved within the arena to any configuration required for a production. While the audience seating sections are movable, because of the size of these units and the design of the Catawba Arena Theatre, all seating sections must remain in the arena performance space. Please contact Campus Performance Facilities to discuss possible configurations of these seating sections.

Catawba Arena Theatre

Over the arena is a suspended grid of wire rope. Technicians walk out over this grid to hang scenery and lights for each production. The lights are focused through this wire rope grid onto the scenery and the acting areas.

Catawba Arena Theatre

The Catawba Arena Theatre has a hallway that completely circles the theatre. This hallway provides access to the performance space for both the audience and the performers. It is also the only backstage area available for props tables, scenery storage, quick change booths and other required production space.

Ground Plan (DWG)
Ground Plan (PDF)
Section (DWG)
Section (PDF)
Rep Light Plot (PDF) (4-22-2016)
Rep Light Plot (VWX) (2017)
Rep Lighting Paperwork (LW5) (2017)
Rep Lighting Channel Hookup (PDF) (2017)
Circuit Plot (PDF) (2015)
Catawba Soft Goods Inventory (PDF) (1-13-2016)

Patrons Theatre

The Patrons Theatre opened in 2004 and is located on the main level of Alex Ewing Performance Place. This arena theatre seats approximately 100 persons. The audience seating consists of individual chairs on the floor and on risers. Various seating arrangements can be accommodated.

Patrons Theatre

The Patrons Theatre has a permanent lighting and sound booth located one story above the stage deck. The theatre is equipped with a permanent 5' by 5' pipe grid consisting of 1.5" schedule 40 steel pipe. This pipe grid is used for both lighting and scenery. This venue also has sprung performance floor of approximately 2400 square feet.

Patrons Ground Plan & Section (Autocad)
Patrons Ground Plan (PDF)
Patrons Section (PDF)
Patrons Rep Circuit Plot (PDF)(9-24-2014)
Patrons Seating Riser Inventory (PDF)
Patrons Soft Goods Inventory (PDF) (1-13-2016)

Agnes de Mille Theatre

Agnes de Mille Theatre

The intimate Agnes de Mille Theatre has a proscenium stage with an orchestra pit and a steeply raked 188 seat auditorium. The theatre is used primarily for School of Dance concerts and A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute workshops and productions. The venue is attached to the Workplace building complex.

Agnes de Mille Theatre

One of the oldest on-campus venues, the theatre was originally the Gray High School gymnasium. In 1974 a major renovation converted the gymnasium into a performance facility. The Agnes de Mille Theatre was dedicated on February 7, 1975. The dedication featured Miss Agnes de Mille re-staging her ballet, "Three Virgins and a Devil."

In 2007 the de Mille Theatre was closed for renovation. The auditorium interior and inner lobby were renovated and state-of-the-art theatrical lighting control systems and sound systems were installed in the venue.

de Mille Ground Plan and Section (DWG)
de Mille Ground Plan (PDF)
Rep Lighting Plot (VWX)(9-9-2016)
Rep Lighting Overstage Plot (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Rep Lighting FOH Plot (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Rep Lighting Booms Plot (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Rep Lighting Section (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Circuit Plot (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Circuit Plot Sketch (PDF)(10-23-2015)
Rep Paperwork (PDF)(8-26-2015)
Rep Plot Hookup (LW5)(11-1-2016)
Pin Patch (PDF)(11-21-2015)
ColorForce 72 info (PDF)(10-10-2016)

Watson Chamber Music Hall

Part of the School of Music Complex, the Judy and Bill Watson Chamber Music Hall began construction in December 2001. The Watson Chamber Music Hall was dedicated on Saturday, October 25, 2003. The dedication program included the premiere performance of William Bolcom's Eleventh String Quartet by the Mendelssohn Quartet. This new work was commissioned by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to honor the opening of the hall.

Watson Chamber Music Hall Interior

Watson Chamber Music Hall has 292 seats and can accommodate up to eight wheelchairs. Designed by renowned acoustician Rein Pirn, the hall serves as the principle performance venue for the School of Music faculty and guest artist concert series. The hall also provides a venue for graduating college senior recitals and second year graduate recitals.

The hall has four dressing rooms and a warm up room located off stage right. It is also equipped with an upstage crossover and access to the lobby from both sides of the stage. The hall is designed with acoustic curtains that can be manipulated to change the acoustic properties of the hall. A special "high volume, low velocity" HVAC system was designed to minimize the ambient noise level of the hall.

Watson Stage Ground Plan (PDF)

Crawford Hall

 Crawford Hall Fisk Organ

Crawford Hall, a 590-seat concert auditorium, houses the Sarah Graham Kenan Organ (designed specifically for Crawford Hall by Charles Fisk), a Dowd harpsichord, a Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano and a New York Steinway concert grand piano.

Crawford Hall

Crawford Hall is the oldest performance venue on the UNC School of the Arts campus and has the largest audience capacity. It originally served as the Gray High School auditorium. Today Crawford Hall is one of the principle venues of the School of Music. Each Wednesday during the academic year the School of Music produces an hour long program of the finest student performers. The hall is also used for student recitals, master classes and workshops. Crawford Hall is also the only on-campus venue large enough to accommodate orchestral performances.

Crawford Hall Stage Ground Plan (PDF)

Hood Recital Hall

Hood Recital Hall

With 48 seats, Hood Recital Hall is the smallest on-campus performance venue. It is one of the principle venues of the School of Music. Chamber and solo recitals are presented in this intimate space. Located in the Gray Building off of Crawford Hall's lobby, it is also used for master classes and workshops.

Hood Recital Hall was renovated during the summer of 2010 to install a push-button controlled lighting system and acoustical curtain.

Sheila Cobb Rehearsal Studio

The Cobb Rehearsal Studio is the mirror image of the Patrons Theatre and is located in Alex Ewing Performance Place. Cobb Rehearsal Studio is one of the primary classroom and rehearsal spaces of the School of Drama. It has exterior windows with motorized shades, a full overhead lighting grid and a sprung rehearsal floor of approximately 2400 square feet.

Rehearsal Studio

The Rehearsal Studio is the original rehearsal studio space located in Alex Ewing Performance Place. The Rehearsal Studio was used as starting template when the Patrons Theatre and the Cobb Rehearsal Studio were being designed. The Rehearsal Studio is located on the bottom floor of Alex Ewing Performance Place and is one of the primary classroom and rehearsal spaces of the School of Drama. It has no exterior windows and is not readily accessible from the Alex Ewing Performance Place lobby. This venue has approximately 2400 square feet of open floor space.

Alex Ewing Performance Place Lobby

Performance Place Lobby

The Alex Ewing Performance Place Lobby is a large open room that is well suited for receptions, dinners, meetings, small scale performances and other public events. Its high ceilings and brick interior provide a space ideal for food service as well as serving as the entry space for all the performance venues located in Alex Ewing Performance Place. Special lighting can be provided if Campus Performance Facilities is given sufficient notice. An overhead speaker system is capable of providing background music. This room is also used as a secondary instruction site by the School of Drama during the academic year.

Alex Ewing Performance Place Green Room

The Green Room is located on the lower level of Alex Ewing Performance Place. Containing cushioned benches and mobile tables, this room is used for meetings, voice classes with piano, wig & makeup stations during productions, and most commonly as a break room. There is a full kitchen adjacent with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and vending machines. The Green Room was renovated in 2011 to improve lighting and overall aesthetics.

Yekovich Conference Room

Yekovich Conference Room

The Yekovich Conference Room is also located off of the Watson Chamber Music Hall lobby. It can be used for meetings and conferences of up to 18 people. The Yekovich Conference Room is available for caterer food prep when the lobby is reserved for a reception or dinner.

Watson Lobby

Watson Lobby

The Watson Chamber Music Hall Lobby is a large open space that is well suited for small receptions and small dinner events. With a high vaulted ceiling and a panoramic northern exposure glass wall, this venue is a dramatic space during the day. At night, activity in the brightly lit lobby can be clearly seen from the traffic circle and much of the campus. The UNC School of the Arts campus box office is located off of the lobby in the School of Music rotunda.

Eisenberg Social Hall

Eisenberg Social Hall

Located on the ground floor of the Hanes Student Commons, the Eisenberg Social Hall consists of a large ballroom and a smaller multipurpose room. A folding wall is used to divide the two rooms. Each room may be used separately or combined into a single space. The ballroom has a permanent lighting grid and a large exterior glass wall with exterior entrances and entrances from the Hanes Student Commons lobby. The multipurpose room is accessible only from the lobby.

Eisenberg Social Hall

To one side of the Eisenberg Social Hall is a small, narrow Servery. This room is equipped as a food preparation area. The Servery has a refrigerator, an ice machine, a sink, a food warmer and a small work station. Two single doors at either end of the Servery access the Eisenberg Social Hall. A third door allows the Servery to be accessed from the lobby of Hanes Student Commons. Any group wishing to use the Servery for catering should contact Campus Performance Facilities.

Eisenberg Ground Plan (DWG)
Eisenberg Ground Plan with Dimensions (PDF)
Eisenberg Ground Plan without Dimensions (PDF)

Daniels Plaza

Daniels Plaza

A large landscaped pedestrian park, Daniels Plaza is the heart of the new UNCSA campus. With contoured concrete sidewalks, low seating walls and a fountain, Daniels Plaza is an excellent exterior location for public events. It is also conveniently located near the top floor of the Hanes Student Commons.

Daniels Plaza

Welcome Center

Welcome Center Lobby

The Welcome Center Lobby is available for meetings and receptions. The lobby has a high ceiling and a dramatic view of the front entrance of the UNCSA campus. However, anyone who wishes to use the Welcome Center Lobby should be aware that it is a high traffic area during office hours.

Welcome Center Lobby

Located just off the lobby is the Welcome Center Presentation Room. This room is equipped with a large projection screen, an overhead video projector and high quality audio playback. The room can be used for meetings, video viewings or digital presentations.

Work Place West Gym

Work Place West Gym

The UNC School of the Arts purchased the former Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School campus in 2005. This facility is located just off the UNCSA campus on Sunnyside Avenue. This facility has been designated as Work Place West Building 5. Work Place West Gym is available for special events and workshops when not reserved for the use.

Work Place West Gym

Hanes Commons Room 301

Fully renovated in the Spring of 2016, Room 301 of the Hanes Student Commons is located on the third floor of the building and can accommodate small-to-medium sized meetings of up to 24 people. Seating 12 around the fixed center table and an additional 12 seats in the room, Hanes 301 is equipped with a full touchscreen control system for operating the flat-screen display connections, Polycomâ„¢ videoconferencing system, and dual PTZ cameras with laptop USB interface.

Library Auditorium

The Library Auditorium is accessed on the ground floor through the doors North of the main entrance to the Library. The room has fixed seating for 45 and features touchscreen control of the projection and Polycom intercom system. Additional equipment is available for playback of Blu-Ray, DVD and VHS media. There are two single bathrooms immediately adjacent to the auditorium. The entry atrium can be used for check-ins or small receptions and features a mural by Nick Bragg entitled "This School, This City".

Library Plaza

The Library Plaza is a large hardscape pedestrian area welcoming visitors to the Library, Teaching and Learning Center, and the Library Cafe.