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Exterior image of the Sudikoff building

NOTE BEFORE READING: there is, coincidentally, a student-run theatre group on campus called Displaced Theatre, but this is not a blog post about them.  

I am a prospective theater major, or minor. I haven't quite yet decided where my heart will lead me, (one of the perks of Dartmouth is that I do not have to declare a major until sophomore year) but I know that I will be doing theater in some capacity for the entirety of my time at Dartmouth.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts (affectionately nicknamed "The Hop") has been the home of the Theater and Music departments since 1962, hosting a number of exemplary performance spaces for both theater projects and music ensembles. It also hosted several popular Student Workshop Programs, including woodworking, pottery, and jewelry studios staffed with instructors available to students year-round.

Now, however, the beloved Hopkins Center is under construction, and the departments, ensembles, and programs listed above have been displaced and relocated until… well, until my senior year (the 2025-2026 school year).


But seriously – what does that mean for me? Or for the Theater department in general? Well, that's what I'm writing this blog post to answer. 

Our New Home

Exterior picture of Sudikoff
Exterior picture of Sudikoff

The Theater and Music departments have been relocated to Sudikoff. Sudikoff was the old Engineering and Computer Science building before the construction of the beautiful new ECSC building (seeing this state-of-the-art building helps me to know that the renovations at the Hop will be worth it – and I'm glad Dartmouth is investing in the arts, giving them the same treatment!). The building is a bit old, outdated, and a little cramped – but, theater people are naturally resourceful, and the department is making the best out of a difficult situation!

Scene Shop

The new scene shop!
The new scene shop!

Pictured above is the room that the scene shop has been relocated to. I took THEA 40 (Technical Production) this past winter term, and learned a lot about this space and the materials and tools it houses! It's not as spacious as the old scene shop, but it gets the job done.

Costume Shop

A work study student working on a project in the new costume shop
A work study student working on a project in the new costume shop

Pictured above is the room that the costume shop has been relocated to. Again, because I took THEA 40, I spent a good bit of time in this room learning about costume design and creation! I learned to sew in the class – a life skill that I am very thankful to have now, and that has saved several of my favorite articles of clothing! 


Even when the department's performances mostly operated within the Hop, lots of classes were held outside of the Hop Center. Only a few new classroom locations have been added within the Sudikoff building.

Rehearsal Rooms

The new Sudikoff rehearsal room
The new Sudikoff rehearsal room

Previously there were Hop "garages" used as rehearsal rooms, as well as a rehearsal room in the basement of the Hopkins Center. Now, there is a new rehearsal room in Sudikoff, pictured above.

Performance Spaces

The biggest impact the loss of the Hopkins Center has had on the department is the loss of performance spaces. But many productions in the past few terms have already made do without these spaces, and have done fabulously!

Wilson 301

Next door to the Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum is Wilson Hall – though originally built as the first library of the college, it's now more of a multi-purpose arts building. And, within the past year, the Theater Department has renovated Wilson 301 and turned it into a beautiful (if small) black box theater with a thrust stage, a full set of stage lights, a small but effective backstage area, and a seating capacity of 25-35 audience members. Since its renovation, it's housed several productions, such as Pretty Filthy and Orphan Play, both pictured below. 

Dartmouth Hall 105

The newly renovated Dartmouth Hall contains a lecture hall in the center of the building, which has become a performance space very close to my heart. In both the winter and spring terms of 2023, the Rude Mechanicals (Dartmouth's student run Shakespeare troupe, which I am a member and the Production Manager of) have performed shows in this space – Richard II in Winter '23, and Coriolanus in Spring '23. I've written blog posts about each show, which I've linked in the previous sentence. Also, if you'd like to watch any of Coriolanus to see how a production worked in the space, it is posted on the Rude Mechs YouTube channel here. One highlight of this hall is that it has the opportunity for several (preset) dramatic lighting options that we've utilized.

Site-Specific Theatre

Site-specific theatre is generally defined as theatrical production that is performed at a unique, often specifically adapted location other than a standard theatre. Due to the Hop's renovations, we've had several such theatre performances in the past few terms! A student-written play, Noon Panir in the Dark, had a classroom as its setting, and so they performed the play in a classroom! The room was decked out with set and lighting, and seated a small audience – I attended, and I thought it was a brilliant show. I performed in a different student-written play, Anatomical Hearts, (which I've also written a blog post about!) was performed in Steele 006, a large, older lecture hall in our chemistry building. A portion of the play takes place in a Harvard Medical School classroom in 1850, so this lecture hall was chosen because it matched the vibes of the play's setting! I look forward to seeing what other kinds of site-specific theatre will happen in the next few years.

Currier Theater

Finally, just this term the department has added an additional performance venue in downtown Hanover at 4 Currier Place, which is where this term's mainstge production, Lost Girl, will be performed! I can't wait to see the new space, and hopefully I'll blog about it at a later date!


I hope this provides a thorough overview of how Dartmouth's theatre community is fairing amidst Hop's closure. I'm excited to see how the theatre scene will adapt and thrive over the next several years at Dartmouth!

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