Bob and Molly Simpson

The Simpson Theatre

An Experimental “Black Box” Teaching Theatre

The black box theatre

The Simpson Theatre has a myriad of advantages, because of its flexible, functional layout. Its simple “Black Box” design permits the space to become anything its users want it to be. Tables, chairs, podiums, elevated platforms, lighting and sophisticated presentation can be arranged for classes, meals, receptions, product displays, exhibitions and smaller meetings. The theatre can seat up to 250 people in a variety of arrangements. A tension grid suspended 18 feet above the floor provides for variable configurations for lighting and sound.

Theatre Department faculty and staff are housed adjacent to the Simpson Theatre. Nearby are situated classrooms, costume and scenic design studios, dressing rooms and catering facilities.

Access to the Theatre Department and Simpson Theatre can be controlled using a separate entrance. This control will permit classes and other department functions to be conducted while the rest of the facility is closed.

Separate parking for the Theatre Department and Simpson Theatre is arranged on the south side of the Fowler Center, and patrons for the theatre will find parking availability at this location.

Bob and Molly Simpson

Dedicated to Theatre Arts

By action of the Board of Trustees at its meeting on Sept. 23 2016, the black box experimental teaching theatre in Fowler Center was renamed in recognition of the Simpsons’ distinguished service and support of the university.

The resolution recognizing the couple’s professional career noted Bob was a faculty member for 36 years, and his wife Molly served on faculty for 28 years.