Facilities & Strengths

The Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

The Vukovich Center for Communication Arts, a $23 million state-of-the-art academic facility and performance venue, opened in the spring of 2009. The Vukovich Center offers academic, support, and theatre facilities all in one building.

Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre

The award-winning Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre, featuring a 40-foot Proscenium stage with technical systems and architectural features designed to support professional-level learning, both on-stage and backstage.

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Scene Shop

Scene shop with supervising technical director and the latest power tools (e.g., mig welding)

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HD television studio and movie theatre

Full HD television studio and HD digital movie theatre and classroom with surround sound.

HD television and movie studio image gallery

Costume Shop

The Costume Shop, with professional staff, houses an array of equipment which students are trained to use.

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Other performance spaces on campus include

The Raymond P. Shafer Auditorium, with large performance stage and 1,700 seats; The Little Theatre in Arter with 23-foot Proscenium stage and 210 seats used primarily by SET (Student Experimental Theatre) Organization; and the Montgomery Gymnasium used for Dance and Movement Studies.


Allegheny graduates are regularly recognized for excellence in their fields. Their honors include seven Academy Awards, more than 100 Clios (advertising), more than 30 Emmys (TV) and the Pulitzer Prize (journalism).

“Experience is one of the most important aspects of an actor’s work, and a liberal arts college is an excellent place to get the kind of experience needed. You can study a wide variety of subjects and broaden your contact with people in all walks of life.”

— Kathy Anne Williams ’77

“There’s a wonderful atmosphere that allows you to try out new things without fear of censure, though you can always expect healthy criticism. There is an emphasis on professionalism, and having interested professors makes the department a real individualized event.”

— Kim Nichols ’74