Jackman Dramatic Art Centre
The Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, a 30,000-square-foot, two-storey facility for the School of Dramatic Art opened on May 26, 2004. It houses offices and teaching studios and is attached to the north and west face of Essex Hall Theatre and the Essex Hall production workshops and classrooms. The spacious, state-of-the-art facility features the latest in classroom technology, abundant natural lighting, sprung floors, and the beautiful Hatch Studio Theatre.
Teaching spaces (all on the first floor) include the following rooms:
- Acting Studio
- Movement Studio
- Drama in Education Classroom
- Voice Studio
- Hatch Studio Theatre
as well as:
- Ticket office
- Locker Rooms
- Cloak Room
Support spaces (on the 2nd floor) include the following rooms:
- Administration Offices
- Faculty Offices
- Faculty Lounge
- Meeting Room
- Student Lounge
Essex Hall Theatre
Essex Hall Theatre is the venue for most mainstage performances by University Players. Its 323 plush seats provide an intimate setting for over 50 performances each year, reaching an audience of nearly 14,000 people.
Direct access to the backstage area from the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre makes it very convenient for cast and crew.
Hatch Studio Theatre
The H. Clifford and Joan Hatch Studio Theatre, located in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, is an intimate and attractive performance venue with a permanent capacity of 86 people that may be expanded to 117. It is a multi-use space for public and student presentations, as well as classroom and rehearsal activities.
A permanent, wooden stage sits in one corner of the theatre and is surrounded by three banks of plush seating. When not in use, the seats can be collapsed and moved away to provide more space for classroom activities. The theatre is equipped with sound and lighting equipment and its own control booth.
University Players main season may include one or two productions staged in the Hatch Studio Theatre.
Where We Are
The School of Dramatic Art is located in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre on the West side of campus, adjacent to Laurier Hall in the Residence Quad off of Wyandotte Street. The main entrance is on the West side of the building.
Metered parking is available in Vanier Circle off of Wyandotte St. W., and on streets around the campus. Visitor parking is located in the pay-and-display Assumption Hall Lot, with entry of Huron Church Road.
University Players performances are held in Essex Hall Theatre and Hatch Studio Theatre. Essex Hall is adjacent to the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, although its entrance is on the East side of the building. Hatch Studio Theatre is in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre.