Hall Annex is a two-story building just behind the Sophronia M. Brooks Hall Auditorium and near the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The college added the building in 1960, to address the demands for more cultural, musical, and theatrical performance space on campus. Beginning in 2017, Hall Annex and other designated theater buildings were renovated to better serve Oberlin’ s Department of Theater.
Inside Hall Annex is Kander Theater, a 75-seat space designed specifically for intimate, small scale, and experiential student-produced theatrical works. It replaces the Little Theater, known as a black box theater. Kander Theater is accessible, has a full complement of sound and lighting equipment, modular seating risers, and adjacent dressing rooms.
The second floor offers space for seminar rooms, classrooms, and faculty offices. The facility is staffed by the theater department’s full-time professional production personnel.
The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival will use Kander Theater for its plays and workshops during the summer months.