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Laird Performing Arts Center

The Marvin Theater in the Laird Performing Arts Center.
The Marvin Theater in the Laird Performing Arts Center.

Acknowledged as one of the finest performance venues of its size in the region, the Laird Performing Arts Center (PAC) opened in September of 2007. The building is named in honor of William Winder "Chick" Laird, one of the school's leading benefactors. It includes the 471-seat Marvin Theater, whose name honors David and Nancy Marvin, former parents and current Tatnall grandparents. David served for 16 years on the Board of Trustees. The theater includes seating for the disabled and accommodations for wheelchairs.

The 23-000 square foot PAC includes a 40-foot proscenium with a 38-foot deep stage (from the curtain), dressing rooms, full scene shop, multipurpose room and the following technical capabilities:

  • 288 dimmers
  • 236 light fixture inventory
  • 54 front of house lighting positions
  • 120 onstage overhead electric positions
  • 64 stage level electric positions
  • Clear-com communication to all technical positions, dressing rooms, shop and multipurpose room
  • separate light, sound and follow spot booths
  • full-fly capabilities
  • acoustically designed wall configuration
  • state-of-the-art sound system with 10channels of wireless microphones
  • video projection capabilities with computer and video interface

The Laird Performing Arts Center is available for rental to outside arts organizatons subject to availability and purpose.

For information about rental rates, availability and policies, contact Rick Neidig at 302-218-7164 or by email at