The Charles R. DeCarlo Performing Arts Center, with its complex of spaces ranging from the 117-seat Workshop Theatre to the 400-seat Reisinger Concert Hall, was remodeled and dedicated in 1974.
It has been awarded a Citation for Excellence from the Council for the Arts in Westchester for its imaginative, practical design. The complex houses a wide range of facilities including the College bookstore.
Inside the Performing Arts Center, you will find:
The Frances Ann Cannon Workshop Theatre
Modeled after the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare’s day, the Workshop Theatre was the first permanent environmental theatre built in the United States.
Designed on such a scale that it can be run entirely by students, with a minimum of technical work required for mounting a production, the Theatre has three interconnecting gallery levels that surround the stage.
The Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre
The Wright Theatre was renovated during the summer of 2000 to create an intimate 200-seat theatre with a thrust/ proscenium stage. The stage area has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind.
The Workshop Theatre and Wright Theatre are equipped with large rehearsal rooms, shops, and dressing rooms. Both theatres have full professional lighting and pianos.
Reisinger Concert Hall
Originally designed by Marcel Breuer, the 400-seat Concert Hall serves as the site for student, faculty, and guest concerts and as the forum for many College convocations and lectures.
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio
The Performing Arts Center houses the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, a fully equipped dance theatre with a computerized lighting system and movable risers with a seating capacity over 100. In addition to the main dance studio are rehearsal rooms and a sound and music workspace. In addition to this dance facility, MacCracken contains two large dance studios, and a small studio, primarily for graduate students, is located in Titsworth.
The Film Viewing Room
The Film Viewing Room, a small theatre with three sections of comfortable seating for approximately 140, is located in the Performing Arts Center along with the audiovisual department.