John Bowab Studio Theatre

bowab new configThe John Bowab Studio Theatre is a flexible 43 ’x 52’ black box theatre located in the Smith Center for the Arts. The Bowab is both a teaching and performance facility. It is home to studio courses offered by the Department of Theatre Dance & Film and serves as a rehearsal space for students enrolled in acting and directing courses. Additionally, the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film sponsors an annual series of student directed plays which are produced in the Bowab.



  • Open Black Box Studio
  • 20 seats for typical classroom use
  • Maximum Capacity: 105 seats

Stage Specifications

  • Typical end stage 30’x48’
  • Typical thrust stage 30’x30’


  • (11) 19’h x 15’w Black velours in tracking system creating 3’ cross around entire perimeter


  • Positions
    • Catwalk around perimeter of room with interior diamond
    • Catwalk floor at 20’
    • Lighting positions at +/- 22’
  • Equipment
    • 180 dimmers are available in the John Bowab Studio Theatre
      • 92 dimmers around outer perimeter catwalk
      • 40 dimmers around diamond shaped interior catwalk
      • 48 dimmers around perimeter walls below catwalks
    • ETC Expression 3/400 Controller


  • Playback
    • (1) Tascam CD-RW 750
    • (1) Tascam CD- 150
    • (6) Speakers
  • Control
    • (1) Mackie 1642-VLZ3 Mixer