History of Risley Theatre
Risley Hall room B12 wasn't always a theater. It started out as a ballroom from when the building was an all women's dorm. In 1974 a collection of Risley residents decided they'd rather have a theater than a ballroom, so, in true Risley fashion, they took it upon themselves to make their vision a reality and Risley Theatre was born. The theater space includes 81 seats, a back-stage space, side-stage entrances, a green room, a technical booth, and a box office just outside of the theater entrance. The theater has been programmed with standard sound and lighting systems, adaptable to the many productions it hosts. Costumes, sets, and props owned by Risley Theatre are stored in shops in the Risley Sub-basement, and are available for free use by in-house productions and are available for rent by out-of-house productions.