Welcome to our theater

Welcome to The Otto M. Budig Theater! Opened in 2017, this state-of-the-art theater space has been custom built for today's modern audiences.

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Every seat is the best seat in the house!

The Otto M Budig Theatre is a modular designed theater that has bespoke configurations to make the most of every performance. All seats are less than 20 feet from the stage and comfort and accessibility is world class. Below are some additional details, photos, and reviews from fellow patrons to help you select your new favorite seat!

  • Distance to Stage: <20FT

  • Capacity: 250 People

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Welcome to The Otto M. Budig Theater, a place where history and modernity converge to create an extraordinary experience. As you step into the Linnemann Family Lobby, you're greeted with a space that pays homage to three globally acclaimed theatre companies. The design intricately weaves elements inspired by Shakespeare's Globe, noted for its use of wood and distinctive light fixtures that echo the theater's ceiling color. The influence of the National Theatre in London is evident in the stark contrast of concrete and metal, while the high peaks are reminiscent of the Stratford Festival in Ontario.

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The Lobby is a masterful blend of the classical and the modern, symbolizing the fusion of the old world with the new. This is further accentuated by the use of reclaimed barn wood from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky that adorns the bar, lobby, and upper gallery, adding a rustic charm that complements the theater's contemporary architecture.

As you look around, you'll notice several Shakespeare quotes strategically placed throughout the building, including on the main entrance floor, at Bob’s Bar, and even on the restroom sinks. These quotes serve as a constant reminder of the theater's deep-rooted connection to Shakespearean literature and the timeless relevance of his works.

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One of the most intriguing features in the lobby is the light installation above your head. This unique fixture is more than just a decorative element; it represents the night sky and outdoor performances, reminiscent of the early days of Shakespeare, who often had his plays performed outdoors or in open-air spaces. This installation not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the lobby but also serves as a tribute to the history of these theatrical performances.

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Beneath the ADA ramp, a fascinating piece of history is preserved in the concrete - a facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio. This significant inclusion not only honors the legendary playwright but also symbolizes the theater's commitment to preserving and celebrating classical works.

The Grand Stair in the lobby is an artistic representation in itself. Each step is adorned with the title of one play, commemorating the theater's completion of the canon in its 20th season. The history cycle is displayed on the concrete forum, while the co-authorship plays are highlighted on the four-step.

As you move through the lobby, you'll find yourself immersed in a space that is a testament to the theater's rich heritage and its ongoing evolution. It's a place where the past and the present coexist, creating an ambiance that is both inspiring and welcoming.

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