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Department of Theatre and Dance


Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts

The recently renovated and expanded Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA), which houses the Departments of Theatre and Dance and Music, as well as UW Events and Cultural Outreach, boasts some of the best-equipped and finest small performing arts venues and support facilities in the Rocky Mountain region, including:

BCPA Public Spaces

Public spaces within the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts include the Main Lobby, Thrust Theatre Lobby, Studio Theatre Lobby, Encore Cafe, and Box Office.

Main Lobby

The Main Lobby is located between the Main Stage and Concert Hall and serves both venues.

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Main Lobby

 


 

Thrust Theatre Lobby

The Thrust Theatre Lobby is located just north of the new main east entrance to the BCPA and  serves the Thrust Theatre and the Recital Hall.

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Thrust Theatre Lobby

 


 

Studio Theatre Lobby

The Studio Theatre Lobby is located at the base of the stairs from the Main Lobby, directly in front of the Studio Theatre.  The Studio Theatre Lobby and venue are ADA accessible from an elevator adjacent to the Department of Music west entrance.

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Studio Theatre Lobby

 


 

Encore Cafe

Located in the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts, Encore Café serves Starbucks Coffee, as well as a variety of fresh pastries from our Rolling Mill Bakery at Washakie. Encore sells packaged sushi, sandwiches and salads, including some items made specially for the café. All food items are made fresh daily. Bottled drinks are also available.

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:00pm

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Encore Cafe

 


 

BCPA Theatre and Dance Performing Venues

BCPA Theatre and Dance Performing Venues include the Main Stage, the Thrust Theatre, and the Studio Theatre.

Main Stage

The Main Stage is a fully equipped, 375-seat, traditional proscenium theatre.  Larger productions, historical pieces, musicals, and operas are most commonly performed on Main Stage.

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Main Stage

 


 

Thrust Theatre

The Thrust Theatre is a beautiful new, state-of-the art, 256-seat venue that allows for flexible staging.  The Thrust is used for mid-size productions, as well as those requiring use of multiple levels and open staging.

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Thrust Theatre

 


 

Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre is a 140-seat, experimental black box theatre, complete with its own grid and booth.  The Studio Theatre is used primarily for student productions and capstone projects, and less frequently for smaller, main season productions.

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Studio Theatre

 


 

Theatre and Dance Primary Teaching Spaces

Theatre and Dance Primary Teaching Spaces include the Mains Dance Studio, Dance Studio 2, Acting Studio, Crane Studio (Acting-for-the-Camera Studio); and the Design/Tech Laboratory.

Mains Dance Studio

The Mains Dance Studio houses dance rehearsals and educational activities.  It is adjacent to Dance Studio 2, receiving natural light from that clerestory; the dance spaces are able to operate  simultaneously.

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mains-studio

 


 

Dance Studio 2

The new Dance Studio 2 makes good use of ample natural light through a dramatic clerestory.  Dancers are visible from the BCPA Box Office land bridge, as well as from east and west windows along the BCPA Lobby and corridors.  The Studio is adjacent to the Pilates studio and changing rooms.

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Dance Studio 2

 


 

Crane Studio

Crane Studio is the acting-for-the-camera classroom, as well as a multi-use teaching laboratory, and is used informally for rehearsals and performances.  Crane Studio also has a sprung floor for dance and musical theatre applications.

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crane-studio

 


 

Acting Studio

The new state-of-the-art Acting Studio functions as our primary acting teaching laboratory.  The Acting Studio mimics the Main Stage in width and depth, allowing early production work, such as blocking and setting of dance or fight choreography, to be undertaken in the space.

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Acting Studio

 


 

Design/Tech Lab

The Design/Tech Lab is a fully equipped smart classroom with convertible drafting tables for all design applications.

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Design Lab

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Dept. of Theatre and Dance

Dept. 3951

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5100

Email: jchapman@uwyo.edu

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