Stevenson's two performance spaces, the Inscape Theatre and the Studio Theatre (formerly known as "The Black Box"), offer a wide range of staging options. With its 326 seats and a spacious, 32-foot-wide proscenium opening, the Inscape Theatre affords exciting possibilities for dramatic selection and design. The Studio Theatre, typically used as a rehearsal room, is a smaller (65-seat) flexible staging and production space designed for a more intimate audience than the main stage. Both theatres provide room for the creativity and professionalism that have come to characterize Stevenson productions.
History of Our Theatres
In its first season (fall 1998) as a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, the Stevenson theatre presented a dramatization of The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Sally Harris, chair of the theatre/video program. As the four madwomen, the production starred its talented professional faculty: Muriel Heineman, Joy Ehrlich, Carol Mason and Chris Roberts, as well as a cast of 25 students and alumni and actors from the Baltimore community. During the winter, director Mary Hardcastle's production of Bus Stop tapped student talent as well as drawing in members of the Baltimore acting community. Spring 1999, saw a main stage production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler that won critical acclaim for acting, directing (Carter Jahncke), and set design and execution (Richard Montgomery and Bush Greenbeck).
Earlier University productions had been staged in a smaller space that challenged design and limited audience. With the opening of the new theatre, Stevenson's Communication Arts division found the room they needed to expand, to create, and to encourage student artistry.