The theatre department integrates both theory and practice in a distinct program. Built in 1972, the theatre building has two stage areas: the main stage, with seating for 160 people, and a smaller "black box" theatre, with seating for 60. The faculty-directed productions are performed on the main stage, and thesis productions are performed both on the main stage and in the black box. Recent productions have ranged from classics by Chekhov, Moliére, and Shakespeare, to more contemporary work by Tom Stoppard, Alfred Jarry, and John Guare. Plays by Lee Blessing '71 and Eric Overmyer '73 have also been performed here. The theatre building houses a costume shop, a makeup room, and a conference room, as well as faculty offices.