We invite you to visit the School of Fine and Performing Arts, which is located in the magnificent J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Students who choose Lindenwood University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts have the extraordinary opportunity to work and study at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. With state-of-the-art equipment unmatched by any other Midwestern university, the center features two professionally equipped theaters, an art gallery for exhibiting traditional and multimedia artwork, dance studios, music studios, traditional classrooms, scene and costume shops, and multiple computer labs.
The Lindenwood Theater
This traditional proscenium space boasts a 1200 seat auditorium and a 110’ x 66’ stage with a 72’ grid and 68 line sets. Elegant and intimate in its design, the theater has one of the largest and most sophisticated stages in the region. The Lindenwood main stage readily accommodates Lindenwood University productions, large scale national and Broadway tours, as well as concerts, world renowned dance, and celebrity appearances.
The Emerson Black Box Theater
The Emerson Black Box Theater is a flexible 65’ square space designed to put the audience close to the action. While the size of the audience can be adjusted to suit the productions requirements, one thing that never changes is the intimate relationship between the audience and the performers. The Emerson Black Box Theater can be configured for theater in the round, as a traditional theater, or anything in between. Generally seating between 150 and 180 audience members, the Emerson Black Box Theater provides for more intimate gatherings in music, dance, drama and experimental theater.
This modified thrust is our historical space on campus which housed more than thirty years of productions prior to the opening of the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. The space is used both as a classroom for our acting studio courses and as a studio space for student directed one acts, graduate directing projects, cabaret performances, and new play readings.