Theatre Facilities

HBFFAC at night

Performance and other spaces

The Ataloa Theatre

The Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center opened in the fall of 2009, providing the University and ECU Theatre with a state-of-the-art, 1089-seat, proscenium theatre called the Ataloa Theatre.  Used by ECU Theatre for musicals and larger scale non-musical productions, it rarely sits empty thanks to Music Department orchestral events, high school music events, various university and community sponsored events, and the ECU Fine Arts Season events, complete with season tickets.  The stage includes a large hydraulic orchestra pit, a complete fly system, and a rear projector and projection screen for computer-enhanced graphics and powerpoint presentations.  Outside the auditorium is a beautiful and large lobby with a ticket booth with lobby and outside windows, coat check room and concession room.  Access to the balcony area is provided by an elevator in the center of the lobby or staircases to either side of the auditiorium.

Ataloa Soundbooth

Ataloa Stage from House Left Entrance

Ataloa House Right

Ataloa House Left

Ticket Booth


A Weekend in the Country from A Little Night Music

Student working in shop

Scene from South Pacific in the Ataloa, 2011

set for Taming of the Shrew

Across from the Ataloa stage to the west is the Peshehonoff Scene Shop and a small costume construction room.  To the north and west are 2 large "chorus" dressing rooms and 2 "star" dressing rooms, complete with bathroom and shower facilities, and a spacious and comfortable green room.

Chorus Dressing Room


The Chalmers Herman Studio Theatre

Chalmers Herman Lobby Entrance

Dr. Kurt Edwards talks to Acting students in the Chalmers Herman

Interestingly enough, it is very difficult to get a picture of a black box theatre when there is nothing in it. Of course, the premise of a black box theatre is that it is a black box with a black floor and black walls. The approximately 40' square Chalmers Herman Theatre contains platforms for flexible seating up to about 200 people, which can be configured in arena, thrust, proscenium or other flexible arrangements as needed based on the production. Minimalist sets work well in the space, but we have also built large sets, thanks to a large double-door access to the Peshehonoff Scene Shop on the north side of the space. Two doors on either end of the east wall lead to a hallway containing 2 dressing rooms, complete with bathroom and shower facilities. Above the space are two layers of metal catwalks, allowing for creative lighting, with complete lighting and sound control above the east wall. Most of ECU Theatre's non-musical productions are performed in this space, along with performance and technical classes and the occasional luncheon or dinner for on-campus or community organizations.

Rehearsal for Neil Simon's Fools, Chalmers Herman, Fall 2010

Baby with the Bathwater, Chalmers Herman, Spring 2010

Book of Days, Chalmers Herman, Fall 2009

Dorothy I. Summers Theatre

Dorothy I. Summers Theatre

The Dorothy I. Summers Theatre was the mainstage facility for ECU Theatre until the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center was opened in 2009. It was remolded and has a seating capacity of 415. It is a proscenium arch theatre with a fly system. This stage is perfect for large-scale productions such as musicals and big cast shows. It's primary use today is for rehearsals, Opera productions, and Act II (community theatre) and Cross Timbers Theatre productions.

The theatre, housed in Science Hall, contains a large makeup area and green room, a scene shop, and storage for costumes and properties.

Dorothy I. Summers Theatre Seating

The Foreigner, Fall 2008

Production of The Foreigner by Larry Shue
Dorothy I Summers Theatre, Fall 2008