The Theatre and Dance Department facility is known as one of the better theatre facilities in the Twin Cities. It contains classrooms, scene and costume studios, faculty and staff offices and two performance spaces: the main stage, know as the Macalester Theatre, and an experimental performance space, called the Studio Theatre. The main stage, designed by the noted theatre consultant George C. Izenour, permits an exceptional flexibility in staging. Lighting is controlled by a computerized console. The stage house has a full fly system with a grid of sixty feet and twenty-four line counterweight system.
The Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the building, can seat up to sixty people. It is a challenging space, ideal for experimental productions and classroom uses. Student-and-faculty-directed productions are presented in this highly adaptable space.
Also on the lower level are a large fully-equipped dance studio, a rehearsal room, dressing rooms, and storage space for scenery, costumes and properties.