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Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair of Theatre
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Dramatic Literature & History Minor
Design & Technology Minor
Housed in the Ford Center for Fine Arts, our facilities are a labyrinth of spaces. In addition to our theatres and shops, it's not uncommon to find students making and performing art in stairwells, lobbies, lawns, and just about anywhere else.
Harbach Theatre seats up to 500 people in a modified apron thrust or proscenium stage. Exceptional acoustics and sight lines highlight performances on the 72 foot stage with full white and black cycloramas. The three faculty productions each year are drawn from a wide range of styles and genres.
Studio Theatre, a 40' x 60' black-box venue, is a laboratory for the experimental work of Knox students. With an overhead suspension grid, fully equipped sound and lighting systems, moveable audience risers, and five entrance/exit locations, Studio allows students to create in a space with endless possibilities.
The Costume Shop boasts a collection of more than 40,000 hanging pieces spanning numerous styles and historical periods. Producing nearly 250 complete costumes each year, this shop is equipped with 10 sewing units, draping mannequins, cutting tables, laundry and pressing facilities, and an exclusive area for textile manipulation.
The Scene Shop is a fully functional carpentry and painting studio that covers more than 1200 square feet. Equipped with a full range of hand, power, and pneumatic tools, it is located adjacent to both the Harbach and Studio Theatres. With a 24 foot high ceiling, large items are transferred with ease into either venue.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere—A stage adaptation by Rob Kauzlaric of the much loved fantasy novel. Produced by the company of Rep Term XVII, and featuring the largest set we've ever constructed in Harbach Theatre.
The Secret in the Wings—Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of several fairy tales was the first ever Rep Term production in our blackbox Studio Theatre, performed by an ensemble of thirteen actors each playing multiple roles.
The Island of Slaves—French playwright Pierre Marivaux's 1725 comedy was translated by the faculty director, and developed by the company of student actors, in keeping with the commedia dell'arte roots of the original.
Rapture, Blister, Burn—This penetrating examination of contemporary feminism was directed by Professor Jeff Grace in the same term he taught a popular course on Women Playwrights.
Mosque Alert—Knox presented the college world premiere of this play by Jamil Khoury, who was appointed playwright-in-residence and visited campus several times for workshops with students as he developed the script.
The Caffe Cino Project—Four short plays originally staged in the Caffe Cino—the Greenwich Village coffeehouse-turned-theatre that initiated New York's Off-Off-Broadway movement in the late 1950s. For this production, we built a detailed replica of the Caffe Cino inside Studio Theatre.
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