Technical Information


Middlebury College Center For The Arts Dance Theatre


Built in 1992 as part of Middlebury College's Center for the Arts, the Dance Theatre is a unique space. Covering 4,400 square feet, the room serves as the dance program's main classroom and studio, and is a fully equipped theatre as well. Designed as a multi-configuration space, there are only two right angles in the room. As most touring companies prefer a proscenium set-up, the information in this packet focuses on that configuration. Additional information concerning non-proscenium configurations is available upon request.

Building Contacts

Jennifer Ponder, Lighting Designer and Technical Director for Dance
(802) 443-5822
Center for the Arts fax number: (802) 443-2057

General Information

Capacity and Load-in

Auditorium capacity: 165

Load-in point is at stage level through four sets of double doors, 86" high and 53" wide with no center obstruction. The load-in point is a parking area rather than a dock and is unsuitable for a semi-trailer.

Dressing Rooms

There are two choral-type dressing rooms with mirrors, costume hanging racks, sinks, toilets, and shower/tubs. The men's dressing room seats six, the woman's seats twelve. They are on the stage level and have paging monitors. There is a green room with a small kitchen. An iron and ironing board are available.

Stage Dimensions

Proscenium opening: 36'0" wide, 19'0" high

Proscenium depth: 24'0" from plaster line

First audience row: 14'0" from plaster line

Wing space stage right: varies by wing (see floor plan)

Wing space stage left: 9'0"

Grid is on 9'4" centers (see light plot).

There are no flies and no act curtain.


Wings: There are four sets of soft black legs. A fifth set is hung in an L-shape to provide cross-over masking.

Black traveler hung on a walking track 34'0" upstage of plaster line.

White seamless muslin cyc hung on a walking track 34'6" upstage of plaster line.

Black sharkstooth scrim is available, deadhung 3" front of white cyc.

Lighting System


372, dimmer per circuit, ETC 2.4 kw dimmers


ETC Ion: 10,000 channels, 300 submasters, 10,000 cues per show.

There is no company switch.

Repertory Light Plot

As the theatre is our main teaching studio, technical access is limited. The enclosed repertory plot provides an excellent basis to light most productions. In addition to specials, minor changes in the rep plot are possible. Detailed focus information is available upon request. A company's plot is requested 30 days after contracts are signed. To maximize your tech/dress rehearsal time, color is requested two weeks prior to your arrival. Your plot and color will be in the air upon your arrival.

Inventory of units available as specials

4 26 degree Source Four
2 19 degree Source Four
2 35-50 Source Four zooms
8 Colortran 6" fresnel @ 1K
4 Colortran 8" fresnel @ 2K

Sound System


Tascam M520, 20 channel analog mixer

Mackie 8 channel mixer is available for a sub mix


6 QSC MX 700 200 watts per channel


4 grid mounted Electro-Voice 2220 with fixed S200 EQ. One pair mounted upstage left and right, one pair mounted over audience house left and right. In most cases, additional performer reinforcement is unnecessary, however a speaker can be placed in 2 stage left and right. Subwoofer located upstage.


2 wireless (one handheld, one lavalier) and two wired SM58 mics are available.


Playback is available on MP3 player (iPod), CD, minidisc, cassette, DAT, and phonograph.


Clear-Com 2 channel system with headset and beltpack. Eight stations.

One-way paging system in dressing room, green room, and connecting hallway

Projections and Video

1 Panasonic PTDW 5100, 5500 lumens, located in booth, provides full coverage of cyc, about  25wide by 18 high, built in shutter

1 Mitsubishi XL5950, 4700 lumens, with mounting hardware for flexible placement, external douser: "The Flapper" manual or DMX control.

Playback is available on DVD, DV, or VHS.

4 DV & 1 HD video cameras, various models and ages

Miscellaneous Items

Stage floor

Robbins Bio-Cushion III, force reduction, resilient floor with a D.I.N. rating of 68. Flat black finish on maple. A Rosco studio floor in black or white is available. No stage screws, nails, jacks, or other hardware applications are allowed.


Non-union students. Dressers and wardrobe assistants are not available.


All load-in, tech/dress and spacing rehearsals must be arranged around our daily teaching schedules. Typically these calls are held between 6:30 and 10:30pm. Other rehearsals are possible on Saturdays, or by special arrangement.

A second 1600 sq. ft. studio with the same floor at the stage is available for company use, subject to our class schedule.