New ‘black box’ space supports students and industry

Photo of Tony Doupe

Prof. Tony Doupe in the unfinished black box performance space.

While other colleges are closing film and theater programs, Shoreline Community College is expanding its commitment to students, the arts and the community.

Later this spring, a new and versatile “black box” media production studio will open for college and community-based projects. The college is combining several under-used areas into a flexible space for video production and live performance. When the studio is completed in June, it will include professional lighting, audio and video equipment, a large green-screen wall and portable risers with seating for about 50 people.

The new studio space also supports the Shoreline Film Office, a collaborative effort of the City of Shoreline’s Office of Economic Development, the college and the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

“Creating this space makes sense for our students,” said Interim President Daryl Campbell. “We’re also supporting industry and the economic development plans of our city.”

The mission of the film office is to make Shoreline a recognized hub of the media industry by providing world-class venues and professional education and training. Launched in May, 2013, the film office acts as broker for both college and city services, incentives, venues and production support for local film, gaming, theater and sound professionals.

The Shoreline campus studio, venues and resources are available to media professionals for a nominal charge, especially to those willing to create a laboratory experience for students. To learn more, please contact the SFO at (206) 546-5829 or at

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