The Performing Arts program is housed in two primary spaces, McLaurin Hall and Burke-Hawthorne Hall. Each of these spaces serves different needs for our active Performing Arts program.
McLaurin Hall is the organizational home to the Performing Arts program. Situated on prime real estate next to the UL Lafayette Student Union, McLaurin Hall houses the central Performing Arts program office, both our Modern Dance studio and the Ballet studio, and a classroom for small Theatre courses. Theatre courses in Movement, Voice, and Acting are also taught here. McLaurin Hall is scheduled for renovations in the near future, to ensure that our students and faculty have the modern facilities to support their training needs.
If you’re looking for faculty, the Dance faculty and the Theatre Performance faculty offices are also in McLaurin Hall.
Burke-Hawthorne Hall is the production home for the Performing Arts program. Centered around the dedicated performance space of Burke Theatre, in Burke-Hawthorne Hall you’ll find the scene shop and costume shop facilities, along with green room, dressing rooms, and other spaces designed to support production. Design/Technology faculty offices are also housed in Burke-Hawthorne Hall.
Burke Theatre is a proscenium stage with seating for more than 200 audience members and was renovated in 2007. Consistent updates to the lighting and sound systems and controls ensure that students are working with the same level of theatre technology that they can expect to encounter in the professional world.
Typically, both mainstage Theatre productions and the Spring Dance concert, An Evening of Dance, are staged in Burke Theatre. The theatre is also utilized for some acting and directing courses.
Home to the Music programs in the School of Music and Performing Arts, Angelle Hall’s 800-seat Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium is the venue for our Fall dance concert, State of LA Danse.