The Getz Theater Center

72 E. 11th St.

The Getz Theater 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 Theater 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 Theater and our flexible black box spaces.

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Getz Theater Center Contact:
Peter Dully, Production Manager,


Getz Theater Center Columbia College Chicago Courtyard Theater


Courtyard Theater
The 181-seat Courtyard Theater 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.

Classic Theater
The Classic Theater is a traditional black box space: It’s flexible, allowing students to experiment with audience seating and dynamic design. Depending on set-up, the space can seat up to 75 people.

Sheldon Patinkin Theater
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.

Studio 404
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.


Getz Theater Center Columbia College Chicago Production Shop

Scene Shop

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 Theater 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.


Getz Theater Center Columbia College Chicago Costume Shop

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.


Getz Theater Center Columbia College Chicago Lighting Design Lab

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.


Getz Theater Center Columbia College Chicago Makeup and Prosthetics Lab

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.