Alternative Indoor Performance Spaces

Alternative Performance Spaces on Campus

While the two theaters in Goodhart are amazing performance spaces, they get booked weeks -- even months -- in advance, and the competition for the space can be fierce.

If your group is flexible about performance space, there are dozens of spots around campus that can function as performance spaces for theater groups, a cappella ensembles, and more.

Scroll through the following photos and descriptions to find the perfect space for your performance!

The Lusty Cup

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

The Lusty Cup, which is located on Floor A of Canaday Library, is a casual, low-key performance space. Maximum occupancy is about 50 people; there is also high foot traffic due to the fact that the Lusty Cup holds a coffee bar and a lounge space. Furniture can be rearranged to create an impromptu space for performers. The Lusty Cup is generally used by acappella groups for informal mid-semester concerts.

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Thomas Great Hall

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10


Thomas Great Hall, or "TGH" in Bryn Mawr slang, is one of the most popular performance spaces on campus. Lectures are often held here, as well as readings in the Creative Writing Reading Series. A small stage can be erected at the front of the hall, and chairs can be set up to seat more than 300 people. TGH needs to be reserved well in advance of the prospective performance date(s).

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Quita Woodward Room

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

The Quita Woodward room is located in Thomas and can hold 50-75 people. It is often used for informal discussions or readings; a cappella groups also use this space for casual performances. Its cozy atmosphere lends a comfortable quality to the space.

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Campus Center Balcony

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10


The balcony of the Campus Center is well suited for small instrumental ensembles. Sight lines from the main lounge up to the balcony aren't great, but musical ensembles can perform here with little to no problem. A large audience can fit downstairs in the main lounge.

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Campus Center Main Lounge

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

The main lounge is one of the main go-to performance spaces when Goodhart is booked. It's spacious, easily re-arranged, and can fit a large audience. Theatrical performances can take place here, as can a cappella concerts. The lounge does get a lot of foot traffic, so noise can sometimes be an issue, but when students realize a performance is happening, they do tend to quiet down!

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Cambrian Row

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

Cambrian Row is located near Brecon and the MCC, and is a great space for small, intimate performances. Small lectures can also be held here. The space has full digital access, including a projector and projection screen, DVD player, and laptop hook-up. This space can only be accessed via OneCard, so arrangements need to be made with the OneCard office (x7930) if non-BMC audiences will be attending.

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MultiCultural Center

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

The Multicultural Center (MCC) is located near Cambrian Row, and is a great space for small lectures. It has an open, cozy space for meetings or talks, and is a perfect space for hosting a speaker who will address issues of diversity. The MCC is accessible via OneCard, so arrangements need to be made with the OneCard office (x7930) beforehand.

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Pembroke Dance Studio

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10

The Pem Dance Studio is located between Pem West and Pem East dormitories and over Pem Arch. It is an open, sunlit space perfect for medium-to-large dance performances or a cappella concerts. The space has high ceilings, plenty of sunlight, and Marley flooring. Because of the special flooring material, anyone who enters the space must remove any shoes that might damage the space, like sneakers or high heels. The dance studio is only accessible via OneCard, so arrangements need to be made with the OneCard office (x7930) and the Dance Department (x5208).

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Denbigh Dance Studio

Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10


The Denbigh Dance Studio is located inside Denbigh dorm and is wheelchair accessible. It is smaller than the Pem Dance Studio but is spacious enough for small dance performances, theater performances, and a cappella concerts. The ceilings are high and the studio gets plenty of natural light, especially in the afternoon. It has full audio capability, several mirrors, and Marley flooring. Because of the special flooring material, anyone who enters the space must remove any shoes that might damage the space, like sneakers or high heels. The dance studio is only accessible via OneCard, so arrangements need to be made with the OneCard office (x7930) and the Dance Department (x5208).

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Arnecliffe Studio

Arnecliffe Studio is Bryn Mawr's visual arts space, created by students for students. Although the space is mostly used for visual art classes and workshops, it is easily converted into a space for small musical performances. The space is cozy and provides an intimate atmosphere for any production. 

Email artclubexec [at] gmail.com for more information regarding this space or visit the

Art Club Blog.

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