Smith Learning Theater

The Smith Learning Theater, located on the fourth floor of Russell Hall, provides an experimental environment that can be configured and curated to support innovative ideas.


The Smith Learning Theater, located on the fourth floor of the Gottesman Libraries, provides an experimental environment that can be configured and curated to support ambitious learning, teaching, and research activities at Teachers College.

Event Schedule


AcFest 2017 - Student Poster Session

Past Events

The Space

The main Theater space is 6000 square feet with 8 columns and a theatrical pipe grid to carry elements of infrastructure (e.g., power, data, lighting control, etc.) and facilitate hanging elements (lights, projectors, screens, curtains, etc.).

Power, data, and AV systems are available at the ceiling and the floor level throughout the space permitting a virtually unlimited number of configurations.

Faculty Broadcast Studios

The Smith Learning Theater now features two broadcast studios for faculty who are taking part in a virtual event or media interview. 

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The Theater can be equipped with diverse sets of physical objects to support the learning goals of programs. Space dividers and definers set the stage for smaller scale elements and props that contribute to the build-out of the space. Both conventional stagecraft and showcase components are employed to achieve the desired effects.

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The Smith Learning Theater provides users with the ability to create an immersive environment using the technology and furnishings available. The lighting in the space and the shades provide for a warm reception for event participants and presenters. 

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The Theater lighting system includes both a base lighting configuration ("House Lights") and theatrical lighting. Lighting can be designed for each program including specific lighting looks and choreographed light changes. Solar and blackout shades provide a range of natural-light options.

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Theater infrastructure supports video projections at varying scales as appropriate for content and event configurations. Video can be displayed on screens as well as on most surfaces throughout the space. Wired and wireless microphones also can be located throughout the space to permit audio amplification and capture. Speakers are located throughout the theater space to support background music, custom program configurations, and special audio effects.

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Data Capture & Data Visualization

Theater infrastructure supports a range of data-capture equipment and techniques as dictated by the needs of a particular learning, teaching, and/or research event. Real-time data can be accessed and displayed throughout the theater space. In addition to in-house capacities, the Theater supports the addition of more specialized Internet of Things (IoT) components unique to particular learning goals and events.

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Recording & Broadcasting

Theater activities can be captured on video for archiving and research purposes. Cameras can be mounted throughout the space on the ceiling grid and columns, as well as from placements anywhere on the floor. The Theater can be configured as a studio to support the production of programs for both live and delayed broadcast. Audio production and recording is enhanced by multiple audio channels, a concert-quiet HVAC system, and acoustical glass applied to the 120th Street-side windows to mitigate street noise.

Support for Learning Spaces

Smith Learning Theater events
Looking to hold an event in the Smith Learning Theater? DFI can help you plan and create your event.

Consultation on creative use of space for teaching and learning
Looking to turn your classroom into an experiential learning space? DFI can help you develop your strategy

On campus lighting, space management & production support
Need support with lighting, managing or producing an event? DFI can assist from initial planning through to lights down.

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