Behind the Scenes at the Green Room Theatre
It's so still and silent, you can hear a pin drop.
F&M's Green Room Theatre is dark, ready for its next production. Only the faint red light of the exit signs illuminates the backs of the seats. It's almost as if time is frozen.
But listen carefully and you might hear an echo from the past. Maybe the voices of big-screen actors Roy Scheider '55 or Treat Williams '73 on stage during their student days, or the instruction of legendary professors Ed Brubaker '49, Hugh Evans and Gordon Wickstrom.
History seeps from every corner of F&M's beloved Green Room, from its Art Deco lobby to the control booth high above the auditorium's 205 seats. The theater opened in 1937 in the lower level of the Keiper Liberal Arts Building, a stately Georgian colonial brick structure completed the same year. It was named for the Green Room drama club, which was founded in 1899. The current iteration of the club continues to produce a variety of theatrical performances, including dramas, musicals, and everything in between.
The Green Room was renovated in 1977, 2007 and again this past summer. The most recent renovations were funded in part by playwright and director James Lapine '71, a 12-time Tony Award nominee and three-time winner. The work included renovated seats, new carpeting and fresh paint.
September 21, 2023
Exploring Theater as a Tool for Social Change, Education, and Awareness
Aviva Katz ’24, a government and theatre joint major, discusses how F&M’s Diversity and Equality in Education Certificate is helping her along her path toward a career in educational theater.
January 11, 2023
'Dance Brought Me to Life': Meet Kendall Lipham '23
As winter break comes to a close, a group of thespians is hard at work rehearsing the first Franklin & Marshall production of Meet sen Kendall Lipham, director of the latest F&M Players musical theater production
September 6, 2022
Film Faculty Screens First Film Festival
The inaugural Gleaners Film Festival at Franklin & Marshall College Sept. 22-24 will feature director John Waters and "Pink Flamingos," his 1972 "exercise in poor taste" (trailer in this link), which, at the time of its release, was initially banned in Australia and Switzerland. F&M Associate Professor of Film Jeremy Moss and Sonia Misra, a former F&M film professor now at Connecticut College, are the festival's co-directors and programmers.