Strider Theater is named in honor of Robert E. L. Strider II (Colby President from 1960 to 1979) and is the Department of Performance, Theater, and Dance’s primary performance venue. This intimate proscenium-style theater, seating 262, was constructed in 1976 and dedicated in 1977. The theater is located in the Runnals building on the south end of campus near the Foss residence hall.
Various and ongoing facility renovations invite students to use first-rate equipment in classes and in production. The lighting and projection systems feature energy-efficient fixtures, intuitive operation of moving lights, and interactive performer-controlled video opportunities. Sound control and reinforcement boasts an excellent, multi-channel inventory with options for interconnectivity with lighting, projections, and even the orchestra pit. A well-equipped scene shop is attached to the stage via sound-proof loading doors.