Franklin & Marshall's newest 38,000 square foot performing arts center opened in the fall of 2003. As part of the Performing Arts Center, the Schnader Theatre has seating for 305 that, while bigger in size than the previous mainstage theatre (the Green Room), maintains the intimate feel. With expanded handicapped access, convenient catwalks, state of the art technology, a pit that can fit a small orchestra, and a thrust stage that's larger than two-thirds of all Broadway stages, the Schnader Theatre is the perfect location for both professional and college productions.
In the Kreisel Lobby of Roschel, a brick arcade divides the lobby, which overlooks Spaulding Plaza, from the former 15,000 square foot Mayser pool building that was renovated to fit two spacious dance studios outfitted to accommodate the various styles of dance. In addition, the renovation added a rehearsal and teaching space, which contains a piano and full mirrors that can be covered (much like in the dance studios), and numerous other support spaces.
With the advent of the Roschel Performing Arts Center, the Green Room Theatre has been placed under the control of the Organizing Green Room Entertainment (OGRE) Committee, a committed group of students, faculty, and professional staff with an active interest in the cultural life of Franklin & Marshall College. This 205-seat theatre that opened its doors in 1937 is arranged as a flexible black box space, and it is the perfect venue for intimate theatre productions, film screenings, and performance workshops.
The Other Room Theatre acts as both a teaching facility and a very intimate theatre. Acting classes often use this space to rehearse and present their work. It is an excellent example of a black box theatre, with an edgy, experimental feel.