The Martel Theater takes up the core of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Patrons enter the theater from a dramatic three-story lobby with a second floor walkway that looks down on the spectators waiting below. The cool light wood and rich purple curtain of the Martel offer a striking introduction to the space upon entering the theater. With orchestra seating, side parterres, and a balcony, this inviting space seats 330 people. The Martel has a large proscenium stage, a flyhouse, a fully trapable floor, a 1600 square foot shop, and technologically advanced light and sound systems. The department uses the Martel traditionally for both dramas and musicals, and unconventionally for more novel, sometimes student written, productions. The Martel is a classroom for the study of theater and performance, and as such houses courses and the critical work of making theater.