- September 5, 2012
- 1:47 pm
- Steve Christensen
The Newhart Family Theatre
On Wednesday morning, the University officially announced its plans to open The Newhart Family Theatre, which will be located in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The new theatre, which will debut this 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,” says 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.
Loyola’s recently renovated Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is home to the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Inside the building there are specialized classrooms for dance, music, theatre, and fine arts students, including state-of-the-art recording studios, drawing and painting studios, and performance classrooms. In addition to the classroom spaces and theatre workshops, the Mundelein Center houses multiple performance spaces, including Studio 409, Mundelein Auditorium, the Underground Laboratory Theatre, and Music Hall. Historically, Loyola has opened the Mundelein Center to artists from the surrounding community, and it has hosted Earth Day-themed arts night, Day of the Dead celebrations, and international touring musicians.
“Moving these arts spaces to the Mundelein Center has been an exciting opportunity for our department,” says April Browning, managing director of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “The move will make for a more cohesive department and more closely link our academics with the experiential learning of performance. It will also provide unparalleled new opportunities to connect with the community in this handsome historic building. We are very pleased to call this our new home.”
The Newhart Family Theatre Facts:
- Located on the second floor of Mundelein Center in the space that used to be the Mundelein College gymnasium
- 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
- Handsome gallery space found in the entry lobby
- 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
For more on the theatre, click here.