There has been a Music Department and building at Hiram for over 100 years. Frohring Music Hall, built in 1962, has classroom, practice and computer lab spaces, plus a rehearsal room that doubles as Recital Hall, all recently renovated with new classroom furniture and a wood floor to improve acoustics in the Recital Hall.
The Theatre Department at Hiram College recently moved into their new home in the center of campus, the newly renovated Frohring Arts Performance Hall. This new location houses the Renner Theater, an intimate and adaptable Black Box performance space, with a computerized lighting system and flexible seating. The building also houses the Lars Fredland Green Room, the “Show Boat,” a small lecture/performance venue where play readings and Acting and Directing Scenes will find a home, as well as office space, a costume shop, a small classroom, and space for the building of scenery.
Additional performance spaces are available in Bates Hall, a historic building constructed in 1936, which houses Drury Hall, and Hayden Auditorium, a 566-seat proscenium theatre with a flexible thrust stage, and scenery and costume storage.
The first dedicated building devoted to study of fine arts—Frohring Art--was built in 1970. In recent years the department has moved to a spacious, remodeled structure at the north end of the campus—the Gelbke Fine Art Center-- that permits us to work in larger scale, mount professional exhibitions in a large gallery, and introduce new programs such as digital art and silk screen printmaking, and cinema studies.