Benstead Theatre

Benstead Theatre is located in the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, home to music, fine arts and theatre. The theatre is an innovative flexible-space “black-box.” It includes a proscenium opening, stage deck and a fly gallery, allowing plays to be staged in arena, thrust, environmental or proscenium depending upon the director and designers’ creative vision. The facility is dedicated to the theatre department so rehearsals and construction occur right in the space. First-year students who have experienced only proscenium staging in high school find Benstead Theatre a new and exciting place to perform and work.

The theatre is supported by lighting and sound control boards that are replaced with the latest equipment on a regular rotation; fully equipped scene and costume shops; a design studio; an acting studio; and a makeup room large enough to double as a rehearsal space.

2016-2017  Theatre Season:


October 5 – 8, 2016


Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Becket
A road. Two guys. Time. And hope.
A 20th century masterpiece of profound insight, poetry, wit, and danger.

November 9 – 12, 2016


She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
A wild ride through the world of Dungeons & Dragons.
“It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” – The New York Times

March 1 – 4, 2017


Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
The Bard’s landmark tragicomedy of deception and sexual blackmail stretching from the brothel and the prison to the city master’s chamber.

April 5 – 8, 2017

The One Act Play Festival
A celebration of short plays presented by young directors.

Tickets are free – reservations recommended – call 920-748-8791

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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