Belmont University announced today that the 350-seat proscenium theatre located in the new theatre complex on Belmont Boulevard will be named after former Belmont president and his wife, Bill and Carole Troutt. The new theatre will be equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and audio equipment and will serve as a performance and teaching facility. The theatre complex, opening this fall, will also include a black box theatre accommodating audiences up to 150 and a scene shop.
The Department of Theatre and Dance currently resides in the Belmont Little Theatre, a makeshift performance space housed in Hail Hall, the oldest residence hall at Belmont. While the Little Theatre provides an intimate setting for theatre productions, it also presents certain challenges – the types of plays available to students are limited, dance students must utilize the Massey Performing Arts Center – a concert hall more conducive for musical performances than dance – and minimal teaching space for students interested in set design, costume construction, lighting and sound. The new theatre complex will better accommodate the talents of Belmont’s theatre and dance students.