Schaeffer Theatre

Academic Departments

  • Theater and Dance

Additional Uses

  • Theater and dance performances

Schaeffer Theatre, named for Lavinia Miriam Schaeffer – teacher of speech and the dramatic arts at Bates College for thirty four years, hosts a regular schedule of performances throughout the year. Offerings include major productions from the Department of Theater and Dance, events during the nationally acclaimed Bates Dance Festival, and performances by outside theatrical groups and guest artists. In addition to the theater itself, the building features full set-construction and costume workshops, offices for theater faculty, and the Black Box Theater, home to many student-directed productions during the academic year. Gannett Theater, the third department venue, is located in Pettigrew Hall.

  • 329 College Street
  • Built 1960
  • 16,000 square feet
  • Seating for 250+