Potter Hall

Potter Hall houses facilities for Art, Music and Theatre, Cinema and Dance:

  • Two large rehearsal halls
  • A professional music library
  • Private teaching studios
  • Numerous well-equipped practice rooms
  • Keyboard lab
  • Computer labs
  • “Smart” classrooms with up-to-date presentation technology
  • State-of-the-art digital recording studio

The Black Box Theatre is located on the first floor of the Potter Hall building. In the past, this versatile space has been used primarily for student-run workshop productions. However, it currently serves as the home of the dance program, with a full wall of mirrors, and a special non-slip dance floor. The Black Box lends itself to manipulation and creativity, allowing productions to experiment with the staging and audience layout. The space is equipped with lighting and sound, and can be used as a classroom, dance studio, or performance venue.

The Scene Shop is located directly behind the Potter Stage. The shop is fully functional, containing equipment for woodworking and metal fabricating, scenic art needs, and construction of motion control systems. The scene shop on average produces four complete sets for our mainstage productions during the year. A loading dock located directly behind the shop makes for easy access.

Located in the newly renovated basement of Potter Theatre, the Costume Shop is fully equipped with industry-standard machines and excellent resources for cutting, patterning, construction and finishing, fittings, and storage. The shop is busy all year round, not only with departmental productions but also with classes.

The main studio located in Hearnes Center is available for both faculty and students to use for their projects and has a set, green screen for special effects and a computerized lighting grid.

The cage located on the first floor of Hearnes. It is used to house all production equipment available to students. The “Cage” has a variety of cameras, audio equipment, lighting equipment, etc. for all video shoots.

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Most cinema production courses take place in our state-of-the-art media lab that is equipped with a total of 19 Mac edit stations running the latest versions of Final Cut Studio and the Adobe Creative Suite. It has an HD projection screen that has blueray viewing capabilities. Students get extensive hands-on experience with these systems in all of the production courses.

Students have access to two full HD editing suites and a Pro Tools HD-3 Recording studio, including full surround sound.

Potter Hall also has computer media labs located on the first and second floor that are accessible to any student at Missouri Western State University.

Brand new facility located in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex that offers state-of-the-art viewing and sound capabilities. Seating Capacity is 120.

This room is located in Leah Spratt Hall with a seating capacity of 232 and has the capabilities of being a recital hall as well as a screening room with a large video projection screen and surround sound capabilities. This is primarily used for small concerts, film festivals and as a large lecture hall.

This screening room is a quiet room in Hearnes with a seating capacity of 119 that has a large video projection screen and fixed work station and is used primarily as a room to screen films and provide lectures.