The Getz Theatre Center
72 E. 11th St.
The Getz Theatre Center has four professional-quality stages, a state-of-the-art scene shop, stocked costume shop, and dedicated makeup/prosthetics and lighting labs.
Newly renovated in 2018, the Getz Theatre Center is the central hub for Columbia theatre. You’ll learn to use industry-standard tools and equipment, create custom sets and costumes, and design with cutting-edge sound and LED lighting technology. You’ll have opportunities to perform on a variety of stages, including our new Courtyard Theatre and our flexible black box spaces.
For Mainstage production information, including tickets to our current season, visit theatre.colum.edu.
Getz Theatre Center Contact:
Erica Sandvig, Production Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Courtyard Theatre has intimate seating and a second-story balcony overlooking the stage. A catwalk and motorized line sets allow for flexible lighting capabilities. Backstage doorways lead to dressing and makeup rooms, and a 16-foot pass-through door allows set pieces to be rolled directly on stage from the scene shop.
The Classic Theatre is a traditional black box space: It’s flexible, allowing students to experiment with audience seating and dynamic design with new and contemporary performances.
Sheldon Patinkin Theatre
This larger black box allows a greater level of production work, both with inventory of lighting and scenic elements. Students direct, produce, and act in more advanced projects here.
Our largest black box space is especially well-suited for multimedia projects and allows for flexibility to build immersive and unique sets and innovative lighting and sound designs.
Our state-of-the-art scene shop has all the tools and equipment you'll need to design, construct, and assemble sets. The space can be reconfigured to accommodate individual construction projects. Students learn proper techniques for using a variety of tools, including saws, miters, drill presses, and sanders. A state-of-the-art dust collection and particulate filtration system assures safety. The shop is also equipped with a large paint frame, lit with warm LED lighting for painting back-drops.
A 16-foot-tall load door allows the production teams to roll set pieces directly onto the Courtyard Theatre stage. And, a plate glass window between the shop build space and the lobby allows students to showcase their work as it's being constructed, giving patrons a glimpse behind the scenes.
Costume and Prop Shops
With plenty of workspace for students, the costume shop has industrial sewing machines, as well as tools to press, alter, and dye. This space also houses hundreds of garments from different time periods. A costume borrowing shop next-door allows students to check out pieces for their independent projects or coursework.
The prop shop houses furniture, rugs, lamps, and other important scenic elements as well as hundreds of props. The props are available for students to check out for their independent projects or coursework.
Lighting Design Lab
A dedicated space for learning and designing theatre lighting allows students to experiment with cutting-edge LED and moving light technologies and consoles, as well as traditional lighting for a variety of live performance events, including theatre, concerts, and dance.
Makeup and Prosthetics Lab
A large and brightly lit makeup and prosthetics lab provides students ample space to learn a variety of techniques for theatre, film, TV, and avant-garde. Dedicated sinks and counters allow for immersive hands-on classes. You’ll also learn the safety protocols required for a variety of materials, including latex, foam, and silicone.