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Theater Technical Specifications

The Edlis Neeson Theater is a multi-use facility for performance art, theater, dance, music, film, video, and educational events. For a list of available equipment, view our current inventory.


The stage is a proscenium layout.

  • Width of opening: 52’ (15.8 m)
  • Total depth: 34’ (10.3 m)
  • Wing space (each side): 13’ (3.9 m)
  • Stage height: 36” above the floor level of the first row of seating. The house is raked at 12 degrees.
  • The clear height from the stage floor to catwalks is:
  • Height to grid: 26.5’ (8 m)
  • Height to underneath of catwalk: 22’ (6.7 m)
  • There is no fly space or flying pipes, but scenery or pipes can be rigged to fly on a per show basis with the consultation of our theater manager. There are four catwalks and a pipe grid for hanging positions. The grid and two catwalks are above the stage; the other two catwalks are above the house. There are also 8 booms at 12’ each.

    The back and side walls are concrete cinder block, painted black. There are double-wide stage doors on the back wall offstage left and right. The stage floor is a black sprung wood, which can be covered with black, gray, or white marley.

Freight Elevator

10’ wide x 17’ long x 16’ high (3 m wide x 5 m long x 4.8 m high)

Smallest opening

6’6” wide x 10’ tall with doors on sill (1.9 m wide x 3 m tall with doors on sill)

The facility provides seating for 296 persons and is wheelchair-accessible. The seating upholstery is black with light padding. The house is laid out in 14 rows with two side aisles and no center aisle. The rake of the house is fairly steep, placing one row per level. The stage floor is 36” above the floor of the first row of seating; for persons of average height seated in the first row, the stage floor is at chest height. The audience floor is concrete with a clear sealcoat. The audience walls are wood paneling, with adjustable acoustic panels.

Tech Inventory


The light board is an ETC Ion XE 20. The theater is also equipped with a service panel that is rated at 400 amps 3 phase. Equipped with Cam locks standard theatre style.

Quantity Type
154 Source Four Bodies 575 w
4 Source Four Caps 750 w
17 50° S4 Barrels
56 36° S4 Barrels
51 26° S4 Barrels
30 19° S4 Barrels
10 10° S4 Barrels
4 5° S4 Barrels
20 S4 Par 575 w
39 Par 64 (can lamp all with wide or MFL), 1 kw (also have 20 NSP 1 kw, and 10 VNSP 1 kw)
38 8” Fresnels, 1 kw
10 QuartzColor Castor Mod. 270 270 2 kw Fresnels
2 5 kw Fresnels (Altman 5000L)
8 Strand Iris 3 cell/3 circ cyc units, 1 kw/ea circ (note frame size: 12” x 15.75”)
36 Par 16 wide (birdies)
8 Pin spots
  • ETC Ion XE 20
  • ETC Element 40
Quantity Type
216 Dimmers @ 2.4 kw (dimmers are spread throughout the theater; discuss with staff before maxing out capacity)
6 Dimmers @ 6 kw
4 Leprecon ULD360DMX 6 channel, 1.8 kw per leg
Quantity Type
48 Sidearms, 12"
20 S4 Color Extenders, 4"
24 S4 Color extenders, 6"
35 Half hats
12 Short top hats
8 Drop-in iris
40 Gobo holders
36 Barn doors (large, 4-leaf; for use in Strand Fresnels only)
12 Boom bases (plenty of pipe and cheesboroughs; ask about your specific project)
Quantity Type
50 5’ red
58 10’ yellow
50 15’ yellow/red
47 25’ orange
19 50’ blue
60 twofer
3 60 amp to 20 amp threefer/adapter
Quantity Type
9 5’
8 10’
2 15’
8 25’
10 50’
Quantity Type
21 Music stands
13 Music stand lights
8 Littlites


The acoustics of the room are relatively live and fairly even.

Mix Position: Sound is controlled either from an enclosed booth at the back of the house, or from a table in the last row.

The house console is a DiGiCo S21. Stage boxes can be placed as needed.

A Steinway Model M 6’ grand piano is available. Contact the theater staff to arrange for tuning.

The following equipment is available on an ongoing basis:

  • 13" MacBook Pro with QLab

L / R

Quantity Type
4 JBL VRX 932 12" line array loudspeaker
2 JBL VRX 918 subwoofer

Center cluster

Quantity Type
4 JBL VRX 928 8" line array loudspeaker

General purpose (monitors, rear channels, etc.)

Quantity Type
2 QSC K10
2 JBL Eon 315
4 EAW JF 260
7 12” coax biamp wedges
6 Apogee Sound Int’l SSM
Quantity Type
2 DiGiCo S21 audio mixer and stage boxes (can be configured to mix FOH and monitors independently)
1 Soundcraft MPM 12/2
Quantity Type
12 Shure SM58 wireless and receiver
12 Shure ULXD1 bodypack and receiver
Quantity Type
5 Shure WL184 supercardioid lavalier
1 Shure WL185 cardioid lavalier
5 Shure TL47B omnidirectional subminiature lavalier
2 Countryman B3 omnidirectional lavalier
3 Shure WL50 omnidirectional subminiature lavalier
2 Shure WL93 omnidirectional miniature lavalier
4 Countryman H6 omnidirectional headset
2 DPA 4066 omnidirectional headset
5 Shure WH10/WCM16 headset (plus more with 1/8" connections)
Quantity Type
8 Shure SM58 cardioid dynamic vocal microphone
9 Shure Beta 87 condenser vocal microphone
10 Shure SM81 condenser instrument microphone
1 Shure SM57 cardioid dynamic instrument microphone
6 Shure SM98/Beta 98 miniature instrument microphone with horn and drum mounts
2 Shure VP88 mid-side stereo condenser microphone
6 Shure Beta 56 dynamic drum microphone
1 Shure Beta 52 kick drum microphone
3 Audio Technica PRO 45 cardioid condenser hanging microphone
3 Crown PCC-160 boundary microphone
1 Shure Microflex MX418D/C on podium
1 Rode NT4 X/Y stereo condenser microphone
3 Shure KSM9 dual-pattern condenser handheld vocal microphone
2 Shure KSM313 dual-voice ribbon microphone
2 Neumann KM184 small-diaphragm condenser microphone
1 ElectroVoice RE20 large-diaphragm dynamic broadcast announcer’s microphone
2 Beyerdynamic Soundstar mkll
1 AKG D-190E cardioid dynamic microphone
8+ Direct box (various)
Quantity Type
1 Clear-Com Free Speak system w/ 11 belt packs and headsets
1 Wired base station
1 Wired rackmount sub station
7 Wired belt packs with headsets
3 Wall-mount intercom panels in dressing rooms and green room


The motorized projection screen provides a projection surface of 30’ wide and 23’ high. It is located at an intermediate stage depth with good slightlines from all seats.

Masking is provided for various aspect ratios.

Use Type
General Purpose Projection Design WUXGA 10k lumen 1920x1200 Standard lens 1.7-2.8:1; Short Throw .8:1
Digital Cinema NEC NC 2000C 2048x1080 18k lumen
Playback 13" Macbook Pro (shared with audio) or AJA KiPro Rack

Soft Goods

There are three full-stage curtains and two sets of legs; the curtains are front/downstage, intermediate, and back/upstage. All curtains are a heavy black velour material, and are on travelers.

The curtains and legs, when fully open, compress to about 5’ wide on each side.

There is a cyclorama hung against the back wall. You may also use either a black or white scrim. There are two additional #1400 I-beam type tracks for the scrims or light scenery.

View the ground plan for the typical configuration of soft goods.

Spare Borders

Quantity Size
1 2’ x 50’
1 4’ x 50’
3 6’ x 50’
1 4’ x 36’

Spare Legs

Quantity Size
2 8’ x 20’6”
1 8’ x 20’

AV Department Rentals

Additional equipment may be available from the AV Department—inquire as to availability and cost.


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