In 1932, the gymnasium in the corner of the basement of Nourse Hall was converted into a charming and intimate “little theater.” The first major production in the theater opened on November 18, 1946. By the time the 25th anniversary occurred in 1957, there had already been over 60 plays staged here.

The theater was renovated in 2006 and again in 2019. The renovations included the addition of an accessible entrance, an elevator, an accessible ramp to the stage, and updated audio and lighting.

Today, the Nourse Little Theater is a student-run venue, supported by the Experimental Theater Board (ETB), the Technical Theater Team (TTT) and the Student Activities Office (SAO). The Theater regularly hosts short plays, comedy groups, and student musical performances.

Learn more about hosting an event in the Nourse Little Theater. Student clubs and organizations will be given first priority in reserving this space. Faculty and staff who would like to reserve the Theater, please contact the Student Activities Office at sao@carleton.edu.