Types of Performance Spaces

Types of Performance Spaces

Many artists dream of performing in front of the biggest audiences they possibly can. Others prefer an intimate setting where they can interact with their patrons more closely and feed off their energy. Performance venues come in all shapes and sizes from the Pasadena Rose Bowl to a ny cabaret, but there are a few general guidelines about their basic types and functions.



A club is usually a bar or nightclub/dance club, though larger cities with thriving theater scenes may have cabarets where people can see shows while having drinks and light food. A club usually has a small stage or dance floor that can be used for performance and is great for stand-up comedy or monologues, solo, duo, or musical performances by a band or hip-hop artist.


Black-Box Theatre

Black-box theatres (named for their minimalist and utilitarian designs) usually seat under 100 people and are configured in the round or with a thrust stage setting for theatrical and musical performances. Many of these spaces house off-Broadway productions, experimental theatre, or one-man or woman shows.


Performance Halls

Performance halls range greatly in size from a few hundred seats to a few thousand seats in the great early 20…