DU Theatre Moves Into New Space
Margery Reed Hall
Built in 1929, Margery Reed Hall had long been the home of the Theatre Department, hosting performances in the Little Theatre, and the Black and White Box Studio Theaters. But over time, as the fortunes of the Department rose and fell, the building has fallen into disrepair, requiring major upgrades to electrical, HVAC, and safety equipment.
In 2002, as part of a major increase in support for the performing arts, the Theatre Department became the primary tenant of the Byron Flexible Theatre in the newly opened Newman Center for the Performing Arts. With a 350-seat theatre, rehearsal studio and an upgraded shop, the Theatre Department moved the focus of Departmental productions into the new space.
In 2010, as a commitment to Theatre and its growing student body, the Theatre Department moved its entire operation from Margery Reed to new facilities in Johnson-MacFarlane Hall. While the new spaces in J-Mac are slightly smaller, the University renovated the new spaces to accommodate Theatre's unique needs: two new performance spaces (Black and White) with the ability to utilize both as a common performance space, expanded faculty offices, classrooms, a computer lab, dressing rooms and a studio shop. In addition, the spaces are equipped with upgraded lighting and sound equipment, new tools and computers, and, a big plus for anyone who has spent time in Margery Reed, a modern heating and cooling system.
As part of the renovation, the University also installed lighting and sound equipment in the Flexible Rehearsal Hall, inaugurating the Byron Studio, a new 79-seat performance space in the Newman Center.