The W.D. Powell Theatre is located in the Penick Academic Building on the campus of Union University in Jackson, TN. The theatre provides the community with a significant range of theatre experiences, while at the same time, supporting the creative work of our artists. The 250-seat, black box theatre features a flexible staging area and lighting & sound system. Recent shows have been performed both in the round and in a three-quarter thrust where the audience sits on three sides of the stage. Theatre students also benefit from a separate workshop, practice hall and prop/costume shop.
The workshop has all the tools needed for wood props to be built and put together. There is a chop saw, drill press, drills, hammers, a jig saw, table saw and any other tool needed to fashion wood.
The costume shop is fit to serve the needed purpose. All the costumes that are used in the performances are sewn here in the department. The walk-in closet has two sewing machines and a cabinet full of costume designs that are used to make the outfits. All the outfits that are used are then kept in the closet for future use.
The dressing rooms are right behind the stage. Both the men and ladies dressing rooms are fit with a full wall mirror, sink and counter top space for applying make-up.
The audio-visual booth sits in the back of the theatre and houses the operating boards for sound, lighting and video. W.D. Powell uses a 64-chanel analog effects board.