Department of Theatre
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WELCOME! Recently celebrating 40 years as the heart of the performing arts on campus, the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) houses the Department of Theatre and offers two unique performance venues.
Within the Marshall Performing Arts Center there is a 550-seat flexible thrust/proscenium theatre as well as a black-box experimental theatre. Multiple studios provide designated space for actors, designers, and dancers, while fully equipped scenic, welding, and costume shops, in addition to state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment, allow student designers and technicians to explore their crafts in lab and production work. Reflecting the collaborative energy that is at the heart of the performing arts, MPAC is an active home for performers, writers, directors, designers, and technicians, as well as audiences.
UMD Theatre is housed in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and includes a 550-seat flexible thrust/proscenium theatre, a black-box experimental theatre, fully equipped scene, welding and costume shops, computerized lighting control, a digital and analogue recording studio and studio space for acting, dance and design.
MPAC was built in 1971-74 for $2.8 million, and was named after the parents of Misses Julia and Caroline Marshall and Mrs. Jessica Marshall Spencer (Albert and Julia N. Marshall) who were major donors to the building. Mrs Marjorie Congdon Dudley also donated, and is honored by the naming of the Dudley Experimental Theatre (within MPAC).
The 100-seat black box Dudley Experimental Theatre has a flexible seating arrangement, presenting two UMD Theatre productions and three Stage 2 productions annually.