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Our three theatre facilities are among the finest of any collegiate program, supported by multiple design studios offering hands-on experience for all aspects of theater production.


Jane and Arthur Stieren Theater

The Stieren Theater was renovated in 1999, which included updating of its sound, lighting, and rigging systems. The audience area was reconfigured to create a 330-seat orchestra seating area and an additional 167 seats in a newly created balcony.

The proscenium opening is 42' wide x 20' high. The theater is equipped with a 50' grid, 18 line sets, and two motorized electrics. The lighting system has 288 Strand CD80 dimmers, a Strand Shownet Ethernet system, a Strand Palette Preset Console, and a Strand 530i Console. The well-appointed sound system has a Soundcraft K3 48 channel sound board, an SFX sound effects playback system, EAW main speakers, and JBL effects speakers. The theater also has an installed projector and video system.

Attic Theater

The Attic Theater serves two purposes: classroom and laboratory. It has a sprung floor and excellent sound, lighting, and video systems.

Café Theater

The Café Theater seats 50 and is also used for performance classes and student-produced lab shows.


Costume Studio

The costume studio is equipped with 12 Bernina sewing machines, four Bernina sergers, an industrial sewing machine, an industrial hemmer, and an assortment of dress forms. We have ample storage space for fabric, notions, and accessories, as well as a costume storage "closet" with over 400 linear feet of hanging space and over 205 linear feet of shelving for storage of shoes and hats.

Scenic Studio

The 2,500-square-foot scenic studio is equipped for both wood and metal working. It houses a SawStop table saw, a 12" DeWALT radial arm saw, several power miter saws, a distributed pneumatic system with many pneumatic tools, three Miller welders, a cold-cut steel saw, drill press, band saw, drill/mill machine and many other power and hand tools.

Properties Studio

The well-organized properties studio provides easy access to our stored props as well as storage of a production's custom props and furniture.

Paint Studio

The paint studio is housed on stage right, providing over 600 square feet of painting space. Larger items, such as drops, are painted on the stage.

All events to be scheduled in the Stieren Theater must be submitted in writing to lgarza [at] trinity.edu (Lois Garza) or by T-Space for University or departmental events. No verbal or telephone inquires will be taken on the availability of the space. 

The Stieren Theater is a "special use" space with sophisticated and expensive equipment that must be operated by skilled personnel. A minimum of one qualified individual trained in the use of systems and equipment in the Stieren Theater must be employed for any secondary event scheduled in the space. The individual(s) should be hired for the duration of the event, plus a minimum of two additional hours to allow for set up and restoring the space (depending on the specific needs of the event). Current per-person hourly rates are $15.00 during the academic year and $16.00 during the summer.

The department of human communication and theatre produces four shows on the Stieren Theater stage each academic year, and the stage is in near-constant use. If we are able to accommodate a request for use of the space, you must confirm what the stage will look like during your event, as the stage can look very different from show to show and might very well be visible during your event.

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the theater.
  • If you expect to have an audience over 200, please supply ushers to help direct people to their seats. This is especially important if people sit in the balcony.
  • If you request any items delivered to the theater (tables, chairs, plants, A/V equipment, etc), please arrange for prompt removal of all items.  
  • Plan ahead.  We do not have bottled water, tables, chairs, or a method to reserve seats in the theater.