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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Theatre Facilities

The SUNY Niagara Theatre Department is located in the F-Building on the College’s Sanborn Campus. SUNY Niagara’s main stage is housed in a 700 seat auditorium with state-of-the-art, computerized lighting equipment. SUNY Niagara also offers a black box lab theatre, a fully equipped scenic shop, and two spacious dressing room facilities.

In recent years SUNY Niagara has invested in new state-of-the-art LED ellipsoidal lighting instruments. These instruments are the newest technology available in today’s market. These instruments complement our full spectrum of lighting instruments including, LED CYC strip lights, moving head intelligent lighting instruments, moving mirror intelligent lighting instruments and a large inventory of conventional lighting instruments. Students in the Theatre Arts program will gain experience working with each of these instruments.

We also feature Electronic Theatre Control instruments, dimmers, and lighting control systems. The ETC EOS Ti is their newest lighting control board and SUNY Niagara was one of the first theatres to permanently install this new technology. Other lighting control equipment includes, ETC Obsession II, ETC Express 48/96, and High Ends Whole Hog 3 lighting console.

The Arts & Media Theatre from seating on stage left (F-155).

In 2010 the SUNY Niagara main stage theatre replaced their old, out-of-date sound system with a new JBL sound system. The new sound console installed in the space was the fully digital Soundcraft SI3. This new digital console paired with a set of AKG wireless mics, and the lighting equipment listed above, has made the SUNY Niagara main stage theatre one of the best-equipped theatres in Western NY.

As an SUNY Niagara Theatre Arts student, you’ll also be exposed to various computer programs used by professionals in the entertainment industry, including: WYSIWYG visualization software, Vectorworks design software used by lighting and scenic designers, Lightwright 5 lighting paperwork software, and lastly Isadora, one of the leading video software programs. Having knowledge of these software programs will help the SUNY Niagara student excel in their next venture.

SUNY Niagara students receive hands-on training and experience on all of this state-of-the-art equipment. This experience will help them move into a baccalaureate theatre program or into the workforce.
The SUNY Niagara main stage theatre also just upgraded to a full HD Christie 1080p projector. This projector, when used in conjunction with the JBL 5.1 surround sound system, makes any video or movie feel like you are at a movie theatre.

The SUNY Niagara Theatre facilities are available for rent to companies and community organizations. Please contact Jill Faddoul at about availability and pricing.

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Elliott Hunt
Technical Director
Phone: 716-803-3010
Location: F-155