Kander Theater is a new performance space that replaces the Little Theater, part of a larger renovation project to support and enhance Oberlin’s Department of Theater. The theater is housed within Hall Annex. It has a seating capacity of 75, making it an ideal venue for smaller scale, intimate, and experimental productions presented by theater faculty and theater students.
The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival will use the space for its plays and workshops during the summer months.
The facility is named for benefactor John Kander ’51, a musical composer best known for Flora, the Red Menace, Chicago, and Cabaret. 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.
Designed and built by Marous Brothers Construction of Cleveland, Kander Theater is situated between Hall Auditorium and the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. It is accessible via Willard Court or though Hall Auditorium.