Emporia State Theatre productions are of the highest quality. Last year, almost 8,000 people attended Emporia State theatre performances. There are several productions during the year, including a musical presented during Homecoming weekend in the fall, and a popular season of four shows in summer stock.
Auditions and technical production crews for all theatre productions are open to all Emporia State students, regardless of major. These assignments and auditions usually occur during the first week of each semester. Students may call the Department of Communication and Theatre at 620-341-5256 for more information about upcoming theatre auditions.
Emporia State Theatre produces shows in three different venues. The Karl C. Bruder Theatre is a beautiful 400-seat proscenium theatre, located in King Hall, which serves as home for Emporia State Summer Theatre and for many productions during the academic year. Albert Taylor Hall is a proscenium theatre that seats 1,200 located in Plumb Hall. It is the venue used for the Homecoming Scholarship Musical each fall. The Ronald Q. Frederickson Theatre is a black box theatre with flexible seating configurations that accommodates around 100, located in Roosevelt Hall. It is used for productions and student projects.