The arts center include Clowes Memorial Hall, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre.
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University was conceived by Dr. George Clowes and his wife, Edith Whitehill Clowes, as a center of culture and entertainment. More than 9 million people have seen a performance in Clowes Hall since it opened on Oct. 18, 1963. Clowes, designed by architect Evans Woollen, hosts numerous world-class lectures, concerts, and presentations, including those of organizations such as Broadway in Indianapolis, Music For All (Bands of America), and Butler’s own Celebration of Diversity Lecture Series. In summer 2013, Clowes Hall underwent significant restoration, with new seats, carpet, paint, roof over the concert hall, and sound system added.is a 2,200-seat professional performing arts.
The 450-seat Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, which opened in April 2013, was the final piece in Butler University’s Performing Arts Complex. The Schrott Center is “a full-sized laboratory” for students and faculty to participate in and experience the arts. Theater students are able to perform for larger audiences, in a proscenium theater. Dance students are able to showcase their individual performances and choreography on the Schrott stage. The adjustable acoustics can be tailored so music ensembles can maximize their presence and tone. Students studying art and design have the opportunity to exhibit their art in the facility. And arts administration students are able to learn firsthand the ins and outs of managing an artistic venue.
A 140-seat recital hall that occupies the space of the former Sweeney Chapel, the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall features 300 square feet of white oak floor, as well as walls of oak and mahogany. Made possible by a gift from alumna Ruth K. Duckwall Williams, the hall is named in honor of her parents, Paul Duckwall and Iva Eidson Duckwall, and was dedicated in December 2004.
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168 is Butler Theatre’s main home. Here, the Department of Theatre produces a wide range of classics, world premieres, and devised works. The Studio Theatre is a flexible space that is reconfigured for each production, meaning that the audience is sometimes on one, two, three, or four sides of the action. Whatever the configuration, the audience is never more than several feet away from the stage, which makes for exciting up-close-and-personal theatre experiences.