Theatre does not exist without space. At the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the actor, stage manager, designer, director, and technician have the opportunity to work in a variety of spaces.

Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts

The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts

Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts

The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, funded in part by the late Conrad Hilton, is a luxurious arts complex containing two theatres, administration offices, two spacious dance studios with locker rooms, design spaces, fully equipped scene and costume shops, light and sound labs.

130 Edgar Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63119-3194

Mainstage

Virginia Browning Mainstage Theatre

Virginia Browning Mainstage Theatre

The Browning Theatre at Webster University's design was inspired by the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; the stage is a thrust configuration.

  • An intimate atmosphere for a multitude of artistic activities, with seating for nearly 1,000 people
  • Home to the Repertory Theatre St. Louis, the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts Mainstage Series, Webster University Dance Ensemble, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
  • The Conservatory stages one show in the Browning Theatre each fall and spring.
The whole cast and band of the Sondheim on Sondheim production performs across the stage

2021 Sondheim on Sondheim Photo by Philip Hamer

On a backlit stage, seven actors stand on the top section of the stage behind the band.

2021 Sondheim on Sondheim Photo by Philip Hamer

Two actors sing together in front of an orchestral group with a purple-lighted background

2021 Sondheim on Sondheim Photo by Philip Hamer

Four actors in a semicircle surround actor wearing pink dress and mask

2021 Urinetown Photo by Philip Hamer

Two masked actors in ripped dresses stand in aggressive poses with clenched fists

2021 Urinetown Photo by Philip Hamer

Two actors are facing each other, both standing on a single leg with the other bent behind them with their arms reaching for the other; there is a large heart in the background behind them

2021 Urinetown Photo by Philip Hamer

An actor wearing a black shirt and pants with rips that are closed with exposed safety pins, wearing a red mask with arms thrown wide

2021 Urinetown Photo by Philip Hamer

Stage-wide shot of the set with actors in costume

2021 Urinetown Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Mac Beth Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Mac Beth Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Mac Beth Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Mac Beth Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Mac Beth Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Water by the Spoonful Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Water by the Spoonful Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Water by the Spoonful Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Water by the Spoonful Photo by Philip Hamer

2021 Water by the Spoonful Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 The Living Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 The Living Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 The Living Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 The Living Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 The Living Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 Canfield Drive Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 Canfield Drive Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 Canfield Drive Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 Canfield Drive Photo by Philip Hamer

2020 Canfield Drive Photo by Philip Hamer

2019 Twelfth Night Photo by Philip Hamer

2019 Twelfth Night Photo by Philip Hamer

2019 Twelfth Night Photo by Philip Hamer

Stage Three set from the top of the theatre

Emerson Studio Theatre

Stage Three set from the top of the theatre

The Emerson Studio is Webster's unique black box theatre. Situated below the Browning Theatre, the studio seats a flexible number of audience members from 80-150. 

  • Located on the lower level of the Loretto-Hilton Center
  • Flexible space that is constantly changing from mock proscenium to a total environment
  • Where Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents its Studio Series of intimate theatrical works
  • Where the Conservatory presents works from its subscription season
Seven women inside a cage looking across the theatre to a screen that reads, "Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again."

2021 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Photo by Philip Hamer

Two men wearing facemasks take selfies with women in a cage in the background while one woman catwalks the length of the stage next to them.

2021 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Photo by Philip Hamer

Woman holding doll head in conversation with two others while a group of three are against a screen that reads, "Revolutionize the World. (Don't Associate with Men) Revolutionize the Body (Stop Eating) Revolutionize the Body/the Language (Stop Speaking)"

2021 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Photo by Philip Hamer

Actress with brown shoulder-length hair wearing a red dress with crinoline sleeves poses at the end of the runway with arms held out to sides with bent elbows and wrists.

2021 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Photo by Philip Hamer

The actress sits on her knees leaning inside a tire swing talking with an actor sitting on the floor with legs straight out and feet angled outwards.

2020 Picnic Photo by Philip Hamer

The actress stands on a picnic table looking upwards while two actors and an actress look on.

2020 Picnic Photo by Philip Hamer

Two women in 1950s dresses wearing white gloves stand on the house porch looking on.

2020 Picnic Photo by Philip Hamer

An actress in a red dress smiles widely while holding up a cardboard sign that reads, "Just Married." Other actors are in the background.

2020 Picnic Photo by Philip Hamer

A woman in a yellow dress with red hair holds out a full Coke bottle to a blind man.

2019 Ismene Photo by Philip Hamer

A woman with brown hair in a dirty and tattered brown dress stands over a table with a still man laying on it wearing dirty, brown clothing.

2019 Ismene Photo by Philip Hamer

Two Coke delivery people stand in front of two women in dirty brown dresses and a man with a dark drown vest on; the woman in yellow is lying on the floor.

2019 Ismene Photo by Philip Hamer

A woman with brown hair in a dirty and tattered brown dress with no sleeves looks at another with long sleeves who is holding a Coke.

2019 Ismene Photo by Philip Hamer

Two Union soldiers talk to each other in between a seated sister wearing a black dress and a standing sister wearing a light blue vest over a white shirt and dark blue skirt.

2018 Three Sisters photo by Eric Woolsey

The youngest sister wearing an all-white dress with an orange sash stands with a Union soldier, pointing upwards as she talks.

2018 Three Sisters photo by Eric Woolsey

The scene in the play where the cast poses around the dining room table for a photo taken by one of the soldiers.

2018 Three Sisters photo by Eric Woolsey

Emerson Studio Theatre view from stage manager's box

Stage Three in Webster Hall

Emerson Studio Theatre view from stage manager's box

Stage Three is the Conservatory's small proscenium theatre located in Webster Hall. The theatre seats 125 people and is used exclusively for Conservatory shows. Stage Three also serves as a classroom during the day for directing, acting, and voice and speech classes.

  • Contains movable seating, modified thrust capabilities, and a traditional proscenium
  • BA candidates in directing produce senior capstone projects in Stage III, a public series of fully mounted productions
  • Performance experiences of one-act plays and directing projects scheduled on Tuesdays are open to the entire Webster community
Four male actors dressed in brightly colored jumpsuits

2019 The Bomb-itty of Errors Photo by Philip Hamer

An actor wearing a red halter top, skirt, and boa with long red hair dancing with two actors in black short dresses dancing in the background

2019 The Bomb-itty of Errors Photo by Philip Hamer

An actor wearing a blue tank top and shorts with a bike helmet on talks to an actor wearing blue and purple clothes holding a package

2019 The Bomb-itty of Errors Photo by Philip Hamer

An actor with his hands tied sits on his knees between an actor with long blond hair with a pink crop top and orange shorts and an actor wearing sunglasses with a gray trench coat over purple and green clothes

2019 The Bomb-itty of Errors Photo by Philip Hamer

The whole stage with six actors across its length

2019 The Bomb-itty of Errors Photo by Philip Hamer

A laboratory scene with five actors, one in the front talking to the audience, one at a desk talking to two others, and the fifth looking at photos in the back

2019 Photograph 51 Photo by Eric Woolsey

A female scientist holds another actor's head while dipping him backward

2019 Photograph 51 Photo by Eric Woolsey

Whole set with four actors holding lights above their heads on the left and two actors wearing lab coats talking together on the right

2019 Photograph 51 Photo by Eric Woolsey

Two actresses in lab coats examining device

2019 Photograph 51 Photo by Eric Woolsey

Scientists looking at three-dimensional model of DNA

2019 Photograph 51 Photo by Eric Woolsey

A pilot in a plane, created by four actors

2019 The Little Prince Photo by Eric Woolsey

An actor dressed in light blue, purple, and red with their arms held out at the shoulders next to an actor dressed in red

2019 The Little Prince Photo by Eric Woolsey

An actor wearing a crown in red and gold robes with hands in fists next to head stands to the left of the actor in blue and purple whose arms are held the same way

2019 The Little Prince Photo by Eric Woolsey

An actor with a knit cap and a stopwatch over their shoulder talks conspiratorily with the actor with the blue, purple, and red outfit

2019 The Little Prince Photo by Eric Woolsey

The pilot sits on his plane wing while the actor in blue, purple and red kneels in front of him

2019 The Little Prince Photo by Eric Woolsey

Performance Classroom Spaces

The Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts has classrooms in the Loretto-Hilton Center as well as in Webster University's Old Orchard facility.

For production classes and performances, the Loretto-Hilton Center is a professionally designed theatre center. The Conservatory shares its spaces with two professional companies, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre St. Louis. Students benefit from the high quality facilities. In the Loretto-Hilton Center there are two scene shops, a paint annex, costume shop, crafts shop, dye room, wig and makeup room, and props shop. Design classes are also in the Loretto-Hilton Center.

Acting classes take place in the Old Orchard space a short walk from the Loretto-Hilton Center. There are six acting studios and a green room. Acting and directing classes also take place in Stage Three, the Conservatory's small proscenium theatre in Webster Hall.

Dance classes take place in the two dance studios in the Loretto-Hilton Center as well as in the acting studios at Old Orchard.

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