Dorothy Stickney Auditorium

Dorothy Stickney Auditorium

DorothyStickneyStickney Auditorium in a rare quiet moment.


About Dorothy Stickney

Dorothy Stickney, an accomplished actress and Dickinson native, flourished on Broadway from the early thirties until the mid seventies. She originated roles in such plays as “The Front Page” and “On Borrowed Time.” And, of course, Dorothy was the first to play Vinnie Day in “Life with Father,” the longest running straight play in Broadway history. Written by her husband , Howard Lindsay, and his collaborator, Russel Crouse, the role won Dorothy the N.Y. Drama League award. Later, Dorothy appeared in “Life with Mother,” a well received sequel to the earlier play. She also enjoyed successes on stage with Mary Martin and Charles Boyer in “Kind Sir” and opposite Marlon Brando in “A Sreetcar Named Desire.” In 1963, Miss Stickney received North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award for Outstanding Achievement by a North Dakota native. Her last Broadway performance was as Berthe in “Pippin.” She contributed significantly to the initial remodeling of the gymnasium space that became the auditorium. She also left a sizable scholarship endowment to DSU Theatre.

Theatre Facilities

Seating 735, Dorothy Stickney Auditorium is our primary performance venue. The proscenium is 40′ wide and 16′ high. The stage depth is 30′ from apron edge to cyclorama, 17′ from curtain line to cyclorama. A Yamaha sound system is controlled from the booth at the rear of the house.

There are 150 light circuits throughout the auditorium (60 front of house, 40 on a first electric, 40 on a second electric and 10 in pockets). These patch to 44 2K dimmers and 2 6K dimmers and are controlled by a Colortran computer light board in the booth at the rear of the house. Grid is 25′ above the stage. The electrics and a Wanger Cloud are on motor driven winches. All else is dead hung. There are no traps.

The control booth and lighting grid

The Scene Shop and Electrical Room

The shop holds a table saw, band saw, radial arm saw, drill press, air compressor, and a variety of smaller power tools and hand tools. Paint storage is also in the shop. However, paint mixing and cleanup are done at the shop sink in the backstage area. There is some backstage storage for platforms and flats. We also have on-site storage for valuable furniture and a warehouse for less frequently used set pieces. The electrical room has gel storage and cutting areas, instrument repair materials, and storage for extra instruments, cables and sound equipment.


Costume Shop and Makeup Rooms

We store a large number of costumes and props from various periods in the attic above our stage spaces.

We also have a Costume Shop also set up for costume construction with layout tables, a serger and several sewing machines. We have two makeup rooms and three dressing rooms. A bathroom is adjacent.

Costume Shop

Costume construction room

Dressing Rooms

One of three dressing rooms