The Newhart Family Theatre is a part of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, located at 1020 W. Sheridan Road.
The new theatre, which debuted this past fall, has been named in honor of Loyola alumnus and comedian Bob Newhart, who graduated from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business in 1952. All three of Newhart’s sisters attended Mundelein College, including Joan Newhart, BVM, who also served as an administrator at Mundelein.
“When I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1952, it would never have occurred to me that one day there would be a Newhart Family theatre on Loyola’s campus,” commented Newhart. “It is a great source of pride and honor for all our families.”
An intimate space, the theatre will provide the perfect atmosphere for student performers to engage with the audience. It will allow students to experiment with the latest advancements in audio, video, and lighting technologies available. To support the production program in the new theatre, new scenic and costume workshops have been built in Mundelein that provide excellent teaching spaces for building skills in theatre technology.
Leading from the lobby into the theatre itself, the Newhart Promenade acts as the theatre’s grand entryway as well as a handsome gallery space.
The Newhart Family Theatre Facts:
- Located on the second floor of Mundelein Center in the space that used to be the gymnasium of Mundelein College
- State of the art thrust style theatre with 215 fixed seats and flexible seating for an additional 20
- Designed by Branski, Hammer, Moretta, Sheehy Architects, in collaboration with Theatre Consultants Collaborative
- The new “main stage” home for Loyola University Chicago’s theatre program
- Features a new scenic shop, lighting shop, costume shop, rehearsal hall/performance classroom, and flexible seat experimental theatre in the lower level and additional support and workshop spaces for theatre
- Includes a recital hall, additional practice rooms, and applied music and recording studios for music