Abilene, TX 79698
Constructed: 1961 Van Ellis Theatre is home to productions during the fall and spring semesters and many events and meetings during the summer months. It is one of the only theatres in West Texas that allows for traditional staging, theatre-in-the-round staging, and experimental productions. The theatre lighting and sound systems compare to those used in Broadway productions. This building also houses the Down Centre Stage Lab Theatre in which several student-directed productions are performed each year. Along with the Theatre Department, the Department of Communication is located in this building. The Hardin-Simmons television studio and the digital editing suite are used by students majoring in mass media.