On-Campus Theater and Performance Spaces

CalArts’ main performance space is the Walt Disney Modular Theater. A vast black box, this facility’s variable architecture supports an unlimited range of stage and seating configurations. This space accommodates not only theater productions but also music and dance projects.

Besides the Walt Disney Modular Theater, the School of Theater features three smaller black boxes and a cabaret-style space.

Students in the Programs in Design and Production also take part in designing and staging productions in CalArts’ other performance spaces: The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater, The Wild Beast, the Roy O. Disney Music Hall, the Main Gallery, the various studios and sound stages of the School of Film/Video, and an assortment of non-traditional venues.

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)

REDCAT’s comprehensively outfitted performance space can be transformed into several different configurations, from thrust and end stage to in-the-round, while adaptable seating can accommodate an audience of 250. The theater features superb acoustics, with moveable panels that can be adjusted according to the requirements of each performance. The space is also equipped with 35mm, 16mm and digital projection systems.

Shops and Labs

The School of Theater operates a series of shops and labs to support the curricula of the Programs in Design and Production as well as the extensive slate of productions each year. These facilities include a scene/painting shop, a costume shop, a prop shop, a sound studio, a lighting lab, a computer lab, and costume, property and scenery storage facilities.

Scene Shop

The professionally managed and maintained 5,000-square-foot scene shop consists of an expansive wood shop, metal shop, CNC room with router, lathe and vacuum form, as well as a fully stocked rigging room and tool cage.

Costume Shop

At approximately 3,500 square feet of workspace, it is one of the largest educational costume shops in the country. Equipment includes:

  • 12 cutting tables with shelving and tool cabinets underneath
  • 28 draping forms
  • 20 feet of permanent hanging pipe rack
  • 2 industrial ironing stations
  • 8 industrial sewing machines
  • 1 blind hemmer
  • 1 purl edger
  • 2 industrial overlock sergers
  • 2 baby locks
  • 6 domestic sewing machines
  • 6 pattern file cabinets

Within the shop is a dye room facility with two large vats, electric hot plates and a separate washer and dryer. There is also a laundry room facility with two washing machines and dryers. Both rooms have two deep stainless multi-gallon sinks. A section of the shop is dedicated to craft work, including a fume hood room. There are two private fitting rooms and a fabric/notions secure supplies cage.