Department of Theatre & Dance


Students studying theatre arts and dance at Rollins enjoy state-of-the-art facilities.

Historic House

Historic House

The centerpiece of Rollins’ theatre facilities, the Annie Russell Theatre combines a rich history with state-of-the-art equipment. Learn More

Annie Russell Theatre

A 360-seat proscenium theatre listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Annie has state-of-the-art lighting equipment, including LEDs, Scrollers, automated lighting, and a custom lighting bridge. The Annie also features a state-of-the-art all digital sound system used for the playback of music and effects for non-musicals and live reinforcement in musicals.  The core of the system is the Meyer Sound d’Mitri audio platform, the same system used on Broadway for Spiderman. With the ability to playback multitrack audio, reinforcement for both actors and musicians and a sound effect library of over 10,000 effects, the ART sound system is capable of handling the most demanding of audio designs. Projection in the Annie is handled utilizing Coolux’s Pandora’s Box media server hardware and software.  The Coolux system is the same one used by Cirque du Soleil and on the Metropolitan Opera’s latest version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.  The system can project up to four separate images, both still and video, at the same time. Multi-track playback and advanced image warping allow for the creation of complex projection design. Learn More

Lyman Blackbox

A 70-seat black box space, the Lyman Blackbox is temporary home to our student-produced Second Stage Series, as well as the Rollins Improv Players, while we are building our new Theatre & Dance Complex. Learn More

Annie Russell Dance Studio

Provides a home to our movement courses and serves as additional rehearsal space for mainstage productions.

Costume and Design Studio

The costume and design studios provide state-of-the-art design, drafting, and building equipment.

The Shop

The scene shop of the Annie Russell Theatre is over 3,000 sq. ft. and features a full complement of woodworking tools along with basic metalworking capability. The shop also contains a motorized paint frame, allowing for the painting of full size scenic drops.  Pneumatic systems are available for the automation of scenic elements.  The shop is also equipped to work with plastics, foams and other materials in the creation of scenery and properties for Annie Russell productions.