Opened in 1964, the Light Fine Arts Building houses the Departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Art. Located within the building is the Dalton Theatre, named after Dorothy Upjohn Dalton, a graduate and trustee of the College. It is an open theatre designed by James Hull Miller, which has seating for 400. FAB, as it is sometimes called, also has a smaller recital hall which seats 140. In addition to these facilities, the building includes classrooms, music rehearsal rooms, art studios and an art gallery as well as dressing rooms and a costume shop. Two other theatres are located in the building -- the Dungeon and The Playhouse. The Dungeon, an arena-style theatre, was built for experimental collaborations between students and faculty. In 1977, the Playhouse opened, which was constructed in the style of a thrust theatre, becoming the first of its kind in Michigan. It seats 300 people.

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  • Dorothy Dalton 

    Schiavone Studio (9999)
    Dorothy Dalton played an instrumental role in developing the theatre program at Kalamazoo College. She supported the Light Fine Arts building as well as the Dungeon and the Festival Playhouse. This is Schiavone Studio ...
  • The Playhouse: The Premier Season 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1977)
    Brochure for the first season of The Playhouse which lists major productions in Dalton Theatre as well as Festival Playhouse productions from 1965-1976. It also includes a short biography of Dorothy Upjohn Dalton and a ...
  • The Fine Arts Building Dedication Program 

    Unknown author (1964-06-13)
    Program containing the schedule of events for the Light Fine Arts Building dedication ceremony. A list of facility specifications and faculty are given, as well. The last page features a list of highlighted events to be ...
  • Campus Building History 

    Bostwick, Frank (1962-04-01)
    This document contains a brief history of various buildings on campus, beginning with a discussion of plans for the proposed Fine Arts Building.
  • Ms. Wood's Light Fine Art Sculpture [482] 

    Nelson, Harrison Clark (Kalamazoo College, 2008)
  • Lighting the Dalton Stage 

    Shane, Michael John (1969)
    This is not an academic paper. Its purpose is not to fabricate a new anthology of knowledge about lighting nor is it to advance any new theories or methods about the same. This paper is being written with a specific ...
  • Kalamazoo College Construction on Balch Playhouse 

    Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo College, 1976)
    Construction on the interior of the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 1976. The Playhouse Theatre, opened in 1977, was the first thrust theatre constructed in Michigan. It seats 300 and features a scenic view of the city from lobby ...
  • Kalamazoo College Balch Playhouse 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    An exterior view of the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, which was completed in 1977. The Playhouse Theatre, opened in 1977, was the first thrust theatre constructed in Michigan. It seats 300 and features a scenic view of the ...
  • Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building 

    Short and Millgard (Kalamazoo College, 1964)
    Kalamazoo College's Light Fine Arts Building. The Light Fine Arts Building was the first campus building to be constructed outside the confines of the original 43-acre campus quadrangle. It brought together the departments ...
  • Light Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo College 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, ca. 1964)
    Color postcard view of Light Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo College. Back of card is printed, "This $1.4 million structure, dedicated in June, 1964, is located across Academy street from the original college quadrangle. It ...
  • Light Fine Arts Building 

    Kalamazoo College ()
  • Dancing Students in Light Fine Arts Lobby 

    Kalamazoo College (2005)
  • Sculpture, Light Fine Arts 

    Kalamazoo College (2005)
  • Sculpture, Light Fine Arts 

    Kalamazoo College (2005)
  • Light Fine Arts 

    Kalamazoo College (2005)
  • Sculpture in front of Light Fine Arts 

    Kalamazoo College (2005)
  • Decoration on Light Fine Arts lawn, Homecoming 1969 

    Thoms, Susan Stuckey (1969)
    Decoration on Light Fine Arts lawn, Homecoming 1969