Campus Center


Located at 80 Boylston Street, the Cabaret is the largest student event and production space on campus. Measuring approximately 27' x 54' with a 10' grid, as well as a configurable 12' x 16' stage, the Cabaret can handle events of almost any size or shape for up to 200 people. Use the space as you wish, with rows of chairs for your audience or completely open for rehearsals or classes. It's up to you!

The neutral setting of the Cabaret allows you to dress it up or down, which is perfect not only for theatrical productions, but for other events. Add fine table linens and light music for a formal event, or break out the decorations and add colored lighting for a festive, casual event.

A complete array of theatrical support systems are available to enhance your event. Professional-grade theatrical lighting and audio systems are at your disposal, as well as a flexible staging system and green rooms. Our Cabaret staff members will assist you in setting up and operating any equipment you need. If you have a question or challenge, the Cabaret staff will help you find the best solution.

Requests can be made online through SpaceBook for the current semester only.

  • Capacity: 200 standing, 120 seated
  • Furniture: Furniture may be moved or rearranged for reception, lecture seating, production, and meeting setups, along with variable stage setups. Furniture and fixtures must be returned to standard setup after each event.
  • Technical Control: Audio = 24 channel analog console, Lighting = Strand PalletteVL console, Other = iMac with QLab
  • A/V: Full audio system with multiple microphone and line inputs, handheld or lavaliere wireless microphones, CD player, CD recorder, and live mixing and audio special effects; non-fixed-position LCD projector and screen; stage communication/call system.
  • Lighting: Full theatrical stage lighting with customizable arrangements.
  • Other: Two dressing rooms are available for use.
Setup Capacity Example Diagram
Clear Room (default) 200 Cabaret Clear Room
Lecture/ Audience 120 Cabaret Lecture
Reception 60 (rounds of 6)
70 (rounds of 7)
Cabaret Reception
Cafe 48 (small rounds of 4)
60 (mixed rounds of 4 plus standard audience seating)
80 (mixed rounds of 4 plus standing room)
Cabaret Cafe
Runway 120 Cabaret Runway
Thrust 120 Cabaret Thrust

Refer to this page when planning the technical requirements for your events. Please contact us prior to your event to discuss your plans for equipment usage. If you are working with a designer, please list him/her as a secondary contact when requesting the space so that we can provide the information and resources needed.

The Cabaret dimensions are also available for download.


  • (6) Platforms: 4’ x 8’ with 12” legs available. Stage dimensions in default setup: 16’W x 12’D x 12”H
  • Black skirting for all platforms
  • Platforms used as audience risers must have safety rails attached; only certain configurations permissible due to limited number of safety rails available
  • (10) Floor-to-ceiling black drapes available (pipes and bases available for any configuration)


  • Chairs: 120 (maximum Cabaret seated capacity)
  • Tables:
    • (10) 4’ Round (Brown)
    • (12) 30" Round “Cabaret” tables (Grey) with adjustable heights (29", 36", 42")
    • (2) 5’ Rectangular (Brown)
    • (8) 6’ Rectangular (Grey)
    • (3) 8’ Rectangular (Grey)
    • * table linens not supplied
  • Performance Cubes (interlocking)
    • (2) Large (24"x24"x18")
    • (2) Medium (18"x12"x16")
  • (2) FlipFORMS
    • as risers (12"x60"x48")
    • as stairs, 2-tier or 3-tier at 24"x45"x48" with 15"x12" steps
  • Scenic Flats (Black)
    • (5) 4' x 8' hard flats
    • (2) 4'x8' "drop-window" flats
  • (14) 20-lb sandbags
  • Podium (Grey) with gooseneck microphone and internal power strip
  • Upright Piano (Black) w/ Bench
  • (5) Music Stands


  • Lighting Repertory Plan
  • Lighting Inventory
  • Lighting Gel & Template Inventory
  • Cabaret Official - GP Vectorworks ZIP file (requires Vectorworks to open)
  • Lighting pipe grid
  • Strand PaletteVL Console
  • Elation SDC6 6-Channel Basic DMX Controller
  • (32) 1.2Kw Dimmers (Stage-Pin)
  • (8) DMX Outputs
  • (12) 2.4Kw Non-Dim Circuits (Edison)
  • (10) Source Four Leko, 575w (4-19°, 10-36°, or10-50° barrels)
  • (14) Source Four PAR, 575w
  • (6) Altman 6” Fresnel, 500w
  • (2) ETC 6" Fresnel, 575w
  • (4) Colorsource PAR, LED
  • (2) Chauvet LED Color Palette
  • (2) Chauvet Slimbank UV-18 LED Blacklight Units
  • (2) Elation DesignSpot250 Pro Moving-Yoke Spot
  • (4) AmericanDJ Mega Flash DMX Strobe Lights
  • Limited inventory of Roscolux & Lee lighting gels (See Gel Inventory page)
  • (2) 8' Boom poles with 50-lb bases
  • (6) 18" Single "T" Sidearms
  • Cables, Adaptors, Accessories available as needed


  • (4) movable grid-mounted full-range loudspeakers
  • (2) fixed grid-mounted subwoofers
  • (4) professional touring-grade wireless handheld (or 4 wireless lavaliere) microphones
  • CD/MP3 player (compatible with computer-burned CDs)
  • CD recorder for live recording of events
  • (14) Wired microphones available (Dynamic and Condenser, various models)
  • (4) Monitor wedges
  • (2) DI boxes
  • (13) Microphone stands w/ boom arms
  • Inputs for MP3 player/laptop computer
  • Other adaptors and accessories as needed


  • Headset intercom system installed. System supports communication between control booth and backstage/dressing rooms for up to four people.


  • LCD Projector
  • Macintosh adaptors
  • Portable projection screen

Any exceptions to these policies will be made at the discretion of the Campus Center administration.

To ensure that function spaces are used effectively and allocated fairly, the following guidelines apply at all times:

General Conduct

  1. The Student Code of Conduct is in effect at all times. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and all other College policies as outlined in Undergraduate and Graduate student handbooks and catalogues as well as in other official institutional publications will be subject to disciplinary action through the College’s disciplinary process.
  2. Failure to comply with all policies and/or cooperate with the Cabaret Staff or other College personnel during the course of an event will result in the immediate suspension and/or termination of the event and potential loss of future reservation privileges and possible disciplinary action. Policy infractions will minimally result in an official warning issued by Campus Center/Cabaret Management. Those in receipt of more than 2 warnings will be subject to disciplinary action as sanctioned by the Campus Center/Cabaret Management and/or referral to the Office of Student Conduct as applicable. 
  3. The organization/person requesting space usage will be financially liable for facility and/or equipment in the event of loss or damage (including, but not limited to that resulting from theft, abuse, or gross misuse) during their reservation.
  4. Event host/sponsors are responsible for guests of the College involved in or in attendance of their event and for upholding the College Guest Policy in accordance with the Student Handbook.
  5. If an event will contain triggering material, we request that the Cabaret Management be informed so our technical staff will not be put in positions where they are made to feel unsafe in any way. If you are unsure what material may constitute as potentially triggering, please contact the Campus Center administration.


  1. Only current members of the Emerson College community (those with a valid Emerson ID) may request a reservation for the Cabaret.
  2. Cabaret requests must be made at least 14 days (two weeks) in advance either online at or at the Information Desk of the Campus Center, 150 Boylston Street.
  3. Students, organizations, and departments may only reserve a total of five (5) Cabaret events at a time. Additional requests will not be taken until at least one of these events has passed. This does not include reservations made elsewhere in the Campus Center.
  4. No more than three (3) days can be reserved consecutively in the Cabaret for a single reservation.
  5. Requests only become confirmed reservations once an e-mailed confirmation from the Campus Center/Cabaret Management has been issued.
  6. The cancellation of an event must be made at least one business day prior to the scheduled reservation.
  7. Reservations are nontransferable. If a requested date is no longer needed, the organization/ individual must inform the Campus Center/Cabaret Management at least one week in advance of the event so that the date can be reassigned. A “no show” on the part of an organization/individual may cause loss of reservation privileges in the future or result in a fine.
  8. Once confirmed, the primary contact’s name as listed on the original request form cannot be changed without the approval of Campus Center/Cabaret Management. Any changes must be confirmed at least one week in advance of the event date. The primary contact will serve as the main point of contact for Campus Center/Cabaret Management and Cabaret Staff.
  9. When confirming your event, groups are responsible for notifying Management that your production includes the following, but not limited to: foods, liquids, prop weapons, nudity, outside equipment, filming, fundraising, non-Emerson persons, etc.
  10. Only SGA recognized organizations may fundraise or seek donations. A Student Life Fundraising Application must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Campus Center staff prior to the event in order to fundraise or seek donations (see Student Life Office).
  11. An on campus A1 Film Permit (see TRF Office) must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Campus Center/Cabaret Management prior to the event in order to film or record the event.
  12. Any use of prop weapons or fight choreography must be approved through ECPD, and confirmation of approval submitted to Campus Center/Cabaret Management prior to the event in order to use prop weapons as part of the event, performance, or set dressing.
  13. 18. For all theatrical productions, including staged readings, workshops, and fully produced shows, that are not in the public domain, you must submit proof that your organization has secured the rights to the show. Two months before your reservation date, you must submit proof that you have sent off for the rights and that you are awaiting a decision. Proof of obtainment of rights must be submitted no later than one month before your reservation date. If proof has not been submitted to us by that time, your booking will be released. No Exceptions!

Room Use

  1. The Cabaret’s maximum capacity is as follows: Seated= 120; Standing= 200. These counts are not to be exceeded at any time and include cast, crew, staff, and audience.
  2. Smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, the use of candles or open flames, and any type of haze or fog machine are strictly prohibited in the Cabaret. The use of liquids or food items during a performance is also prohibited without prior approval.
  3. All means of egress must remain clear at all times so as to allow for clear access to exits in the event of an emergency.
  4. Cabaret users must meet the assigned Cabaret Staff in the space at the set-up time noted on their event confirmation. Any changes in crew needs must be arranged at least one week in advance through the Campus Center/Cabaret Management.
  5. Keys for the Cabaret will be handled by members of the Campus Center/Cabaret Staff only. If the Control Booth is to be utilized, the Cabaret Staff will be solely responsible for its operation.
  6. Organizations/ individuals are responsible for the set-up of their event. Cabaret Staff will be assigned to assist you as needed. The Cabaret must be returned to its original set-up at the close of each event.
  7. The Cabaret Staff will conduct a pre- and post- event inspection of the space. This inspection will confirm the equipment inventory and operability and the overall conditions of the space.
  8. Students, organizations, and departments are responsible for cleanup of the space. If the space is left in an unsatisfactory condition, there will be a minimum cleaning charge of $25.00.
  9. Music/sound must adhere to Emerson College’s standard of a reasonable level. Sound may not disturb or intrude on the space or activities of other tenants.
  10. Carpentry, painting, or the like, for the purpose of building sets, decorations, etc., will not be allowed to take place inside the Cabaret or in the Cabaret Lobby. Set components must be prefabricated off-site and brought into the space for assembly.
  11. Set pieces, props, materials, etc. must meet building and fire code regulations, and must have prior approval before use. All materials must be removed from the space at the conclusion of the event, and cannot be stored in the space
  12. Nothing may be attached to or hung from the Cabaret’s lighting pipe grid, ceilings, walls or floor without approval from Campus Center/Cabaret Management. No person(s) may hang from the pipe grid at any time