Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
The dance, music and theatre departments are located in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing
Arts. The Mendenhall Center is home to the department office; the 460-seat Theatre 14, a gift in
honor of the Class of 1914; and the black-box Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. The building also
houses faculty offices, classrooms, lighting, sound and set design labs, lounges, rehearsal spaces,
dressing rooms, and professional scene and costume shops. The Mendenhall Center is also home to
the Josten Library for the Performing Arts, which contains an exceptional collection of over 108,000
volumes, 61,000 sound recordings, 3300 video recordings and more
than 260 current periodical titles.
Theatre 14, Smith's main stage, is a proscenium theater with extensive fly and wing spaces. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, a versatile facility named for Hallie Flanagan Davis, director of theatre at Smith from 1942 to 1955 and famed for her innovations in dramatic production, gives performers freedom in set and production design. Students draw on the extensive collection of texts, scripts, scores and recordings housed in Josten Library; Josten holds more than 51,000 recordings and a multitude of diverse scripts, and maintains listening rooms and stations for student use.
Sage Hall, home to the music department, houses abundant resources for music students and faculty, including a concert hall, an intimate recital hall, a digital classroom with electronic pianos, a well-equipped electroacoustic studio, an early-music room, and numerous practice rooms with grand pianos.
Sweeney Concert Hall is one of the most sought-after performance spaces on campus. The comfortable, spacious hall seats more than 600, and its broad stage can readily accommodate the needs of a diverse range of performances, from solo recitals to large choral and orchestral ensembles. Sweeney's excellent acoustics are suitable for both vocal and instrumental performances.
Earle Recital Hall, located on the first floor of Sage Hall, is ideally suited for smaller recitals where the performer prefers a closer interaction with the audience. The hall seats up to 120, and its stage can accommodate two grand pianos or small to medium ensembles.