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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Facilities & Productions

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The Andreas Theatre (left portion of the photo) houses a 250-seat flexible-seating "black box" theatre, a student lounge/green room, dressing rooms and dance studio. Opened in May 2000, the Andreas is the home to six productions during the academic year and two more during the summer.


The Department of Theatre and Dance is located in the Earley Center for Performing Arts, so named for Dean Emeritus Jane Earley who oversaw the College of Arts & Humanities for more than 40 years. The Ted Paul Theatre—named for Theodore J. "Ted" Paul, first Department Chair—is designed to allow faculty and students to recreate dramas in a 529-seat proscenium theatre with wing and fly spaces, flexible mechanics, hydraulic pit and a fully equipped scene shop that includes a paint frame. The Music Library in the Earley Center has more than 9,000 holdings and is especially valuable to students of the musical theatre.

The Department sponsors major productions each academic year in the Ted Paul Theatre and in the Andreas Theatre (a 250-seat, state-of-the-art black box). These productions present opportunities for students to qualify as directors and to showcase their talents. Also of note is the professional Highland Summer Theatre, which exposes graduate students to four major summer productions every year, and has done so since 1967.

The University's Memorial Library provides excellent opportunities for study and research through its own holdings , the statewide MINITEX, and a state-of-the-art information retrieval system. The Academic Computer Center provides students with 550 microcomputers, a large open lab, access to mainframes, national internet network, color and black & white laser printers, multimedia technology lab and classroom, five different types of microcomputers, and five computerized classroom labs.

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