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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.

150+ seats and fully flexible

The von der Heyden Studio Theater supports a wide variety of performances unlike any other venue on Duke’s campus. A moveable platform with 108 seats can be pulled out from the west wall and an additional 40+ seats can be added on the main floor or along the mezzanine level, allowing for end-stage (proscenium), thrust, or in-the-round configurations. The theater features a tension wire lighting grid that allows lights to be easily set and focused over any spot. Built-in projection supports highly visual or technical performances, or the blackout shades on the theater’s north-facing windows can open to let in a flood of natural light.

Four student musicians in the center of the studio theater floor.
Duke music students Zoey Kang, Kiyoon Ko, Sam Woog, and Allyson Luo try out the von der Heyden Studio Theater. Photo by Chris Hildreth, Duke Photography.
The Studio Theater as seen from the second level, empty, and looking down towards the floor.
Photo by C. Ray Walker.

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