Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance features a variety of performance venues, rehearsal spaces, studios, labs and other facilities, all with the latest technology and hardware to create the most beautiful, compelling, and immersive theatre and dance imaginable.

theatre production on stage

University Theatre

Ball State's 410-seat mainstage theatre has state-of-the-art technical equipment, including a completely computerized lighting system and acoustically sophisticated recording and reproduction sound systems.

This facility hosts our Mainstage Subscription Series, which features four theatre productions and two dance concerts each year.

University Theatre is located directly south of Bracken Library. Find it on our map.

Korsgaard Dance Studio inside Ball Gym

Korsgaard Dance Studio, Ball Gym

The recently remodeled Ball Gym Building houses Ball State's Dance Program, including Korsgaard Dance Studio (KDS – Room 213), a fully equipped dance performance space that is the location of many of our dance performances. Find it on our map.

anna in the tropics production at strother theatre

Edward S. Strother Theatre

This 100-seat, intimate, flexible, black box space emphasizes the immediacy of the actor-audience relationship and can be configured in a multitude of ways for maximum artistic creativity and innovation. Strother Theatre is accessed from the northeast entrance to the Arts and Communications Building. Find it on our map.

the set from behind the seats of the inside of Cave Studio

Cave Theatre

This small laboratory theatre has been the home of many exciting and inspired student-driven productions over the years. Student directors and designers have ample opportunities to practice their craft early on in this space. The Cave is also used for classes and workshops. The Cave is located on the basement level of the Arts and Communications Building. Find it on our map.

theatre and dance rehearsal space

Rehearsal Facilities and Studios

Rehearsals at Ball State Theatre and Dance take place in a variety of fully equipped spaces, allowing students a professional-style rehearsal experience in a non-performance location so that time can be devoted to building sets and hanging lights in the performance venues. These state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities are also the primary studio spaces for performance courses.

student fixing lighting in scene shop

Labs and Shops

Designers and Technicians at Ball State create their visions in a variety of technologically sophisticated venues, working with the latest hardware and software. Our design studio, makeup room, costume shop, scene shop, and sound and lighting labs are the perfect place for young designers to learn their craft.