The Faris Family Studio (Black Box)

The Faris Family Studio at Scotiabank Dance Centre is a wonderful supportive theatre space for presenting dance and other events. Intimate and flexible, it is a purpose-built, fully-equipped black box space with retractable seating, which can be utilized in almost any configuration, from standard theatre seating to in the round or anything in between. Our knowledgeable, helpful staff offer specific expertise in supporting dance companies and artists, and can help you get the maximum out of your budget.

The Faris Family Studio is available for rent for production rehearsals, filming, presentations and special events of all kinds, as well as dance, theatre and music performances.

Certain COVID protocols remain in place as we reopen – please inquire at techdirector[at]

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    Size: 46 ft x 64 ft/14m x 20 m
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    Sprung dance floor with black Harlequin ‘Cascade’ surface
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    Capacity: 154 seats/200 total
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    Ceiling height: 26 ft 9 inches/ 8 m
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    Grid height: 23 ft 9 inches/ 7 m
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    Location: Level 1
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    Stage size when seats in place: 46ft wide x 30 ft deep/14m wide x 9 m deep
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Other Features

  • Retractable raked seating for 154 people; maximum capacity including performances, volunteers etc is 200.
  • Windowed control room for sound and lighting equipment.
  • Dressing room area and washroom backstage, with stairs linking directly to the Birmingham Studio and changing rooms/showers on Levels 3 and 4.
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan.
  • Lobby outside with bar area and fridge, washrooms, elevator. Please note Scotiabank Dance Centre does not have a license for serving alcohol, but renters can obtain a license and run their own bar if desired.
  • Rentals with technical requirements must liaise with Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Technical Director.
  • Renters must manage their own ticketing.
  • Limited marketing support for most public events and performances, including poster display, inclusion on website calendar, inclusion in washroom advertising throughout the building.


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Bare Grid

House Plot

Lx Inventory

Magic Sheet

House Plot Channel Hookup

Dimmer Plot

Scroller Strings


Learn about rates, availability and booking policies.

For more information contact Venue Services at:
Visit our venue services staff in our main lobby.