Knox College's Ford Center for the Fine Arts is a superbly endowed facility for art, theatre, dance, and music. At virtually any hour of the day you can find Knox students creating in the Center's art studios, theatre facilities, music halls, and practice rooms.
Harbach Theatre Knox's "main stage" theatre. It is a dual-configuration space: the stage and a section of the audience are situated on a 72 ft diameter turntable, capable of rotating 180 degrees to provide a proscenium configuration that seats 600 and a thrust configuration that seats 450. Designers over the years have developed many unique and non-traditional ways of working with the space. Harbach is home to each term's main-stage production as well as the Spring Formal Dance Concert and numerous visiting groups and events.
Studio Theatre Knox's 40ft x 60ft flexible "black box" theatre-a room within which the arrangement possibilities are nearly endless, seating about 100 people on average. Studio Theatre is student run, directed, and designed. This space also occasionally plays home to visiting companies and productions for the edification and enjoyment of the campus at large. Studio productions range from simple bare-stage shows to full-length productions complete with specific scenery and lighting.
Kresge Recital Hall This acoustically superb, 325-seat hall houses recently-purchased 9' Steinway "D" and 6'6" Kawai GS concert pianos, two harpsichords and a pipe organ. Kresge is home to music ensemble concerts including the Knox College Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble and to student recitals as well as numerous visiting performance groups and events.
Other Facilities Lectures, films and classes are held in the Round Room, and student, faculty and alumni art exhibits are displayed in the Gallery and Lobby. The Center for the Fine Arts also houses faculty offices for the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, the Admission Office and the Financial Aid Office.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.