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The facilities in the Department of Performing Arts support student involvement in the arts by providing performance venues for student, university and outside professional groups as well as practice spaces for artists in music, theatre and dance. The department spaces include two formal performance venues, the Mandell and Black Box Theaters, and an informal performance venue, the 418 Main Dance Studio.

In addition to rehearsal spaces in MacAlister Hall, the Main Building, and the URBN Annex, the department houses a fully equipped Pilates Studio, available to students, faculty, staff, and outside clients in the Recreation Center.

For information about use of any of these facilities, please contact the Department of Performing Arts at 215.895.2451 or visit us in MacAlister Hall, room 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rent out the Mandell Theater?

Yes, the Mandell Theater is available for rental. For further information about availability, we ask that you complete the Mandell Theater rental inquiry form.

You can also contact Managing Director, Jessica Doheny,

Can I rent out the Black Box Theater?

Drexel’s Black Box Theater is primarily a teaching performance space and has limited availability for rentals.  For further information about availability, we ask that you complete the Black Box Theater rental inquiry form.

You can also contact Production Manager, Paul Jerue,

Can I rent out the Ellen Forman or 418 Main Dance Studios?

These dance studios are the main instructional spaces for the dance program, and as such, there is rare availability for rental of these spaces. Requests should be directed to Sandra Parks, Dance Program Director,

Is there a place where I can practice piano or my instrument?

The Performing Arts Department has individual practice rooms with pianos, a quiet practice room with electronic keyboards and a drum kit, as well as a dedicated percussion soundproof studio (available to registered percussion students only).

Practice rooms are located on the 2nd Floor of MacAlister Hall and are available to the Drexel University community (with valid University ID ) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. following the quarter term calendar. Access can be obtained by visiting MacAlister Hall, Room 2018.

Students that are registered for select classes in music and theater will have access weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends, following the Creese Student Center hours of operation.

Do you rent instruments?

We do not have an instrument rental program here at Drexel.