Theatre does not exist without space. At the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the actor, stage manager, designer, director, and technician have the opportunity to work in a variety of spaces.
The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, funded in part by the late Conrad Hilton, is a luxurious arts complex containing two theatres, administration offices, two spacious dance studios with locker rooms, design spaces, fully equipped scene and costume shops, light and sound labs.
130 Edgar Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
The Browning Theatre at Webster University's design was inspired by the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; the stage is a thrust configuration.
- An intimate atmosphere for a multitude of artistic activities, with seating for nearly 1,000 people
- Home to the Repertory Theatre St. Louis, the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts Mainstage Series, Webster University Dance Ensemble, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
- The Conservatory stages one show in the Browning Theatre each fall and spring.
Emerson Studio Theatre
The Emerson Studio is Webster's unique black box theatre. Situated below the Browning Theatre, the studio seats a flexible number of audience members from 80-150.
- Located on the lower level of the Loretto-Hilton Center
- Flexible space that is constantly changing from mock proscenium to a total environment
- Where Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents its Studio Series of intimate theatrical works
- Where the Conservatory presents works from its subscription season
Stage Three in Webster Hall
Stage Three is the Conservatory's small proscenium theatre located in Webster Hall. The theatre seats 125 people and is used exclusively for Conservatory shows. Stage Three also serves as a classroom during the day for directing, acting, and voice and speech classes.
- Contains movable seating, modified thrust capabilities, and a traditional proscenium
- BA candidates in directing produce senior capstone projects in Stage III, a public series of fully mounted productions
- Performance experiences of one-act plays and directing projects scheduled on Tuesdays are open to the entire Webster community
Performance Classroom Spaces
The Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts has classrooms in the Loretto-Hilton Center as well as in Webster University's Old Orchard facility.
For production classes and performances, the Loretto-Hilton Center is a professionally designed theatre center. The Conservatory shares its spaces with two professional companies, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre St. Louis. Students benefit from the high quality facilities. In the Loretto-Hilton Center there are two scene shops, a paint annex, costume shop, crafts shop, dye room, wig and makeup room, and props shop. Design classes are also in the Loretto-Hilton Center.
Acting classes take place in the Old Orchard space a short walk from the Loretto-Hilton Center. There are six acting studios and a green room. Acting and directing classes also take place in Stage Three, the Conservatory's small proscenium theatre in Webster Hall.
Dance classes take place in the two dance studios in the Loretto-Hilton Center as well as in the acting studios at Old Orchard.
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Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts Highlights
Webster University Dance Ensemble 2023 Spring Concert April 28-30
April 21, 2023
Webster University Students Win St. Louis Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Drama Competition
April 11, 2023
Webster University Stands Out at American College Dance Association Regional Conference
April 5, 2023