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Support Spaces, Services and Resources

The Black Box Theatre is a student centered space which strives to provide an open and accessible outlet for creativity, expression, art, performance, and community for student groups.  The theatre hopes to provide as many resources and services as possible to make student programming as successful and seamless as possible. 

Support Spaces and Resources

Ticketing Events: The Ticket and Information Center (TIC)

Events and performances in the Black Box Theatre are to be ticketed events (they can be free, but need to be ticketed).  The TIC offers ticketing services to any recognized student group.  Events need to be registered with TIC two weeks in advance of the event and the registration will need to be signed off by the group’s adviser.  Please see the TIC website to begin the registration process.  More information will also be covered during the event review.

Dressing Rooms

Two dressing rooms are available for reservations by groups using the Black Box Theatre.  Dressing rooms can be used to keep personal items, needs for the event and equipment; however everything must be removed by the reservation load-out date in order to prepare and accomodate for the next reservation.  

Any items left in the dressing rooms after the load-out date of the production or event will be removed at the expense of the student group, resulting in the direct charge of the organization's account.  Likewise, if these spaces are left in an unseemly manner, the cost to restore the space to its proper shape will be charged to the producing organization’s account. 

Costumes and Props

The Black Box Theatre houses a well-stocked costume closet and various props open for student and student group-use. These resources serve as a "lending library" of theatrical costumes, props, blocks and small set pieces that are to be shared and recycled on an ongoing basis. Any recognized undergraduate student group is eligible to use these items, and are not required to have a reservation in the Black Box Theatre. Access to the costume and props are granted by appointment only. For more information, please see the Costume Closet and Props Cages page. 


The Black Box Theatre includes fixed riser seating, set up in thrust formation that accomodates 100 people.


Marley Floors

Marley flooring is available for placement over the wood flooring in the theatre upon the group's request. This can be discussed in greater detail with UEM during the event review.  Please see the diagram below for configuration pieces.

Marley Floor Diagram


The Black Box Theatre Props Cages on the 5th floor of Lerner also double as a storage area in which props and furniture for the community are stored; this is a multi-use space and needs to be maintained in a clean and organized manner.  Groups wanting to store items in the storage cages that are not currently in the inventory must receive approval and access from the Black Box Theatre Manager prior to storing anything in the storage area. 

Approved items may not be placed in the Black Box storage area prior to the load-in date of a group's production, and no item may be left in Black Box Storage past the load-out date of the production without explicit approval by the Black Box Theatre Manager. Any items left in the storage cages after the load-out date of the production will be removed at the expense of the group and charged to the organization's account.  Likewise, if the space is in dissarray, a fee will be charged to the organization’s account.

Access to the storage cages are available during the drop-in hours or by appointment only

UEM Services and Support 

While The Black Box Theatre Manager oversees and advises the group events, UEM oversees the technical needs, audio visual requests and equipment, etc. 

Technical Staffing

The schedule for Technical Staffing will be set with UEM during the Event Review. Additional meetings will be added if needed.

A theatre technician also known as a house tech will be assigned anytime lighting, sound and/or communication equipment is being used (including setup and strike of this equipment).  Access to the Technical Booth is restricted and only permissible when a House Tech is present.  Regular technical rates will apply and charged directly to the producing organization’s account. 


A House Tech will be assigned to each performance at the standard rate.  The Tech’s call time will coincide with the reservation time unless otherwise approved by the Manager of Technical Services.


A House Tech will be present during the restore of the lighting plot.  Based on the complexity of the show lighting plot, adequate restore time should be included with the sponsoring organization’s reservation.  The standard rate applies.



Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3611

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.