Within the College of Arts + Architecture, the Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre serve the educational needs of students and the cultural needs of Charlotte and the University community. It is the mission of these three departments to prepare students for arts-related fields by integrating excellence in instruction and artistic creativity within a broad professional landscape.
As UNC Charlotte’s primary facility for the arts, Robinson Hall is where the weeks and months of planning, programming, and behind-the-scenes work give way to presentation to live audiences. Performance in the College of Arts + Architecture is a form of research, rooted in the history of public presentation, but also projecting forward to suggest new definitions of “concert,” “program,” and “production.” Most importantly, each performance is a shared, communal experience of audience and artists.
Public performances reinforce our role as a resource to the arts community in Charlotte. More than an entertainment venue, Robinson Hall offers a space to challenge preconceptions and to stimulate and amplify community dialogue.
Within Robinson Hall are the Anne R. Belk Theater and the Lab Theater. The main stage space, the Anne R. Belk Theater, is a proscenium-style house which seats 340. Dozens of performance events take place in the theater over the course of an academic year. The theater’s orchestra, mezzanine, and box seating offers patrons an environment that is both intimate and elegant. The flexible Lab Theater space can accommodate 90 to 125 patrons for a unique theatrical experience.
The Rowe Arts building houses the 360-seat Rowe Recital Hall and the White Box Theater, a classroom and lab theatre space dedicated to the development of student works and projects.
The Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre are the headliners at Robinson Hall. The primary role of our two theaters - the 340-seat, proscenium-style Anne R. Belk Theater and the intimate 125-seat, “black box” Lab Theater - is to support the education of our students in the processes of performing arts production. In the weeks before the performance, the theater space becomes a laboratory as students hang lights, construct sets, work sound and rehearse, learning how to carry out the remarkable technical operations necessary to stage and produce a show.
For upcoming events, visit coaa.uncc.edu/calendar.