Alternative Outdoor 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!

Carpenter Roof

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Carpenter Roof is located behind Thomas and is -- you guessed it -- on top of Carpenter Library. It is a sunny, outdoor space where the annual May Day a cappella concert is held. A concrete sidewalk/landing at the front of the space functions as a small stage. Audience members can bring their own blankets for seating, or can sit on the grass.

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Behind Goodhart

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

This atypical performance space is located behind Goodhart and is appropriate for a nontraditional performance. Balconies running along the outside of Goodhart can be used for performance space, as can the grassy area beneath them. Use of this space requires some creativity, but performances here can be and have been done!

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The Cloisters

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

The Cloisters is an open, outdoor courtyard in the center of Thomas. The space can hold hundreds of people -- it is where Lantern Night takes place every fall. While there is no formal performance area in the Cloisters, it can be used as a theater-in-the-round by using the central fountain as a centerpiece. Audience members can bring their own blankets to sit on, or may sit on the grass. Chairs may also be set up in coordination with Conferences and Events.

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Rock Arch

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

This archway connects Rockefeller dormitory with its common room, and gets a moderate amount of foot traffic. It is not as large or as popular as its neighbor, Pem Arch, but can be used for impromptu a cappella concerts or improv scenes.

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Rhoads Patio

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Rhoads Patio is adjacent to the back of Rhoads South dormitory and overlooks "Rhoads Beach;" the campus pond is also located at the bottom of the hill. Because the space is overseen by Residential Life, dorm quiet hours must be observed here, making the space more appropriate for daytime or early evening performance. The space can be arranged according to the performers' wishes and can hold between 50-60 people.

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Taft Garden

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Taft Garden is located behind Canaday and is one of the largest outdoor performance spaces on campus. The garden is partially walled-in, sits on a hill, and features a large fountain at the bottom of the hill. May Day performances take place here every spring; the garden is a good space for theater performances, instrumental groups, or even a cappella ensembles.

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Pem Arch

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Pem Arch connects Pembroke West and Pembroke East dormitories and is a central location on campus. Foot traffic here is very high. Noise levels get loud at times, as the Blue Bus stop is right across the street and the Pem Dance Studio is directly overhead. But in the evenings this can be a very nice space for less formal a cappella concerts.

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Merion Green

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Merion Green is the central lawn on campus and can be well suited for a larger concert -- as on May Day, when the bands play on a stage at the bottom of the slope. If you're booking a band to come to campus, this might be a good space for you. Audience members can bring blankets for seating.

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Denbigh Green

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

Denbigh Green is smaller than Merion Green but is easily accessible and can fit a large audience. Outdoor theater performances requiring little set can happen here, as can improv performances and other non-traditional theater.

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English House Green

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

The green outside of English House isn't traditionally used as a performance space, but with a little imagination a performance group could certainly make it work. Audience members can bring their own blankets or chairs, and with English House right next door, there's no need to worry about dressing rooms or restrooms.

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Sunken Garden

                                                                                                   (Photo credit:  Amanda Darby '10)

The sunken garden, located between Haffner and the Admissions building, is a popular spot for weddings that take place on campus, so it's best to book it early. Outdoor theater performances have happened here, most notably during May Day, and small musical performances can happen here easily. Chairs can be set up by Conferences and Events, or if your event is more casual, audience members can bring blankets.

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