New Laboratory Theatre Opening Fall 2019Lab Theatre Lobby Rendering

The $70 million Nobel Hall renovation will connect Nobel Hall and Schaefer Fine Arts Center with a BRAND NEW LABORATORY THEATRE—reimagining performance in the 21st century by promoting cutting edge collaboration and innovation between the sciences, theatre, and dance. In the true spirit of our interdisciplinary liberal arts approach, the Laboratory Theatre will enable students to experiment with new modes of performance, encouraging them to write, direct, devise, choreograph, and perform for the future. The expansion is expected to be complete the summer of 2019.


  • Flexible theatre that can be configured into Proscenium, Thrust, In-the-Round, Galley (audience on two sides) and beyond, pushing boundaries and discovering what is possible.
  • State-of-the-art lighting system including LED lights.
  • State-of-the-art digital sound systems.
  • Multi-use space can function as a dance, theatre, and design classroom accommodating the breadth of curriculum and production.
  • Additional spaces include a scene shop, dressing rooms, costume, hair and make-up room, and new dye vat for bulk dyeing of costumes.

The Evan and Evelyn Anderson Theatre

Anderson Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, the 270-seat Anderson Theatre has been called "striking and comfortable," "one of the best college playhouses in the state": "a thrust stage covered in dark brown wood...almost identical in shape to the Guthrie's. Dark wood also covers the auditorium walls and ceilings." Boasting state-of-the-art light and sound equipment, the theatre is used for both theatre and dance performances.

Kresge Dance StudioKresge Studio

Featuring a beautiful, sprung dance floor, the Kresge Studio is used for classes, rehearsals, and performances of student choreography.

Small Dance Studio

The small dance studio, also known as Li'l Krez, is a small studio featuring a sprung floor which is used as a warm-up and small group rehearsal space.

Black BoxThe Black Box

Home to student-directed productions throughout the year, the fifty-seat Black Box serves also as a primary rehearsal space and as the studio for acting and directing classes.


Scenery and Costume Shops

  Well-equipped scenery and costume shops provide working laboratories for students of technical theatre. It is here that the scenery, properties, and costumes for theatre and dance performances are constructed.
Scene Shop Scene Shop Gustavus Costume Shop-2 Gustavus Costume Shop-3