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.
The horseshoe shape of the theatre’s seating, along with its balcony, creates a closeness and synergy between audience and actor. And the technical aspects of the theatre (including the catwalk, lighting grids, and pipe grids) are innovatively exposed, providing a unique behind-the-scenes perspective to teachers, learners , and spectators alike.
The Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre on campus is named in the honor of Gladys Black, ‘54, a trustee of Allegheny College. In 2015 she received the Alumni Medal, the college’s oldest and most prestigious alumni award. Her generous financial support of the College directly touches the lives of countless students. She has been a generous supporter of the College’s general endowment fund. She funded the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts in 2006. Earlier, she replaced seats in the Playshop Theatre in Alden Hall in 2001, donated a gift for renovating dormitories in 2000, and supports the Annual Fund every year. Gladys was a member of the President’s Society, Timothy Alden Council, and William Bentley Legacy Society.