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Department of Theatre and Dance

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 in the Rocky Mountain region, including a 375-seat proscenium theatre, a 140-seat experimental black box theatre, a 256-seat, state-of-the-art Thrust Theatre, a 100-seat recital hall, and a 600-seat concert hall. 

In addition to performance venues, Theatre and Dance spaces include:  Mains Dance Studio; Dance Studio 2; Pilates studio; Acting Studio; Crane Studio (Acting-for-the-Camera);design/tech teaching laboratory;tiered classroom; light and sound labs; musical theatre teaching and rehearsal spaces; acting and dance prep rooms; theatre support spaces (scene shop, costume shop, storage); dressing and makeup rooms;  and offices, and meeting spaces.

Main Stage

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.

Thrust Theatre

Thrust Theatre

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


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.


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.

Dance Studio 2

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.

Acting for the Camera Sample Scenes

Scenes from the Acting for the Camera class

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1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5100


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