The Breen Center for the Performing Arts

Saint Ignatius High School




Performance space:

The Proscenium is 48-0 wide and 25-0 high. There are two proscenium extensions that will shrink the proscenium opening to 38-0 wide. Stage depth from Proscenium to the upstage wall is 36-10. There is 10-8 downstage of the Proscenium when the orchestra pit cover is installed. The pit cover is standard. The SR and SL wings are 18-0 wide by 36-10 deep. 


Breen Center Seating Chart


Fees and Policies

Base rental for the Breen Center is:

"For profit" organizations--$1,600 per four-hour event.

"Non profit" organizations--$800 per four-hour event.

(non-profits must have a valid 501c3 certification)


All renters must secure a certificate of insurance, with "Saint Ignatius High School" named as added insured.


The basic rental fee covers use of the theater stage, audience chamber, lobby, restrooms and dressing rooms. It also includes the use of basic sound and light systems. There is a standard "house plot" of lights which gives general stage lighting. Use of one handheld microphone is included in the use fee, but a sound board operator is not included. Basic rental also includes parking lot security and general cleaning. Extra cleaning time will be charged if any food or beverages are served in the lobby or Thomas Room. No food or beverages are permitted in the audience chamber. Obtaining liquor permits is the responsibility of the facility user. A Cleveland Police Officer is required at any event at which alcohol is served. Any tables, display materials, etc. in the lobby must have the prior approval of the Facility Manager.


A labor charge will be made for "set up and restore". This is the actual time it will take staff members to prepare spaces for a group's needs. Typical items in set up and restore include moving acoustic elements, adding microphones, loading and testing media for projection, setting musicians chairs and stands, sweeping and mopping the stage, writing lighting cues, correcting issues related to media,  re-hanging refocusing and re-circuiting lighting instruments. The charge is for labor only as the group will not be in the facility when these tasks are performed.


If more time is needed on show dates, for example a longer performance, or a second performance, additional rental charges are $150 per additional "for-profit" hour, and $125 per additional "non-profit" hour.


A charge of $150 per hour is made for each hour that the user is in the building outside of the four-hour performance window. This time may be load in, rehearsal and load out.

In addition to the basic fees above, the following costs apply for personnel and rental items:


Breen Center events require the use of professional staff. Theater Technicians and House Managers are billed at $22 per hour with a four-hour minimal call. Special set-ups that do not conform to the lighting "house plot" and standard microphone arrangement will be billed at crew members' hourly rate. The following items, if required, are billed as described:


   Acoustic "pillows" and "sound shell: $50 per day

   Microphones are $15 per unit per day.

   Standard choral risers (eight, 4-step units available) $25 per day

   Orchestra chairs (up to 50) $25 per day

   Removal of orchestra pit covers $792 per event

   Projector and Screen $100 per day plus recalibration time if needed.

   Follow spots (two available--operators additional) $25 per day each

   Greenroom/rehearsal/reception space $100 per day each

   Overtime. After the basic four-hour rental, hours beyond those specified in the contract are billed at $150 per "for profit" hour, and $125 per "non profit" hour. This includes building use and Technical Director time, but no technicians. This time might be used if extensive set-up/tech time is needed before an event, long running programs, delayed load-out time, etc.

   Additional clean up charge of $100 is made if a reception is part of the event. This charge will also include the use of the Concession area as a service or staging area.

   Aqua-Fogger, hazer, theatrical smoke machine, monitor speakers, Martin moving lights, and black lights, are available, Price on request.


   Eating and drinking is prohibited in both the theatre and on the stage.

   Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the facility.

   No alterations can be made to the theatre seating at any time. This includes taping of anything to the theater seats.

   Fire exits and general house entrances must remain clear at all times.

   Standing Room is prohibited for any reason in the theatres.

   The following equipment may not be moved from their permanent position: drapes and soft goods, lighting instruments and follow spots, sound equipment, film screen, furniture, and dressing room equipment. Breen Center Staff may alter some of these after a production meeting with the client and charges agreed upon.

   There is a midnight curfew for all load-ins and rehearsals, meaning that the building must be completely clear by 12 a.m. The only exceptions to curfew are post-show strikes and occasional load-ins delayed by a prior event and then only by prior arrangement with the Technical Director.

   All crew have a four hour minimum call. All crew require a one-hour meal break after every four continuous hours of work. If required to work beyond four hours, all crew are paid at one and a half of their regular rate for all time over four hours until a one-hour break is received. Please plan your load-in, rehearsals, and performances with this in mind. The theatre will be locked during this break and no one will be allowed into the venue until the staff returns. Any crew brought in by renting groups must operate under the direction and supervision of the school's Technical Director and should not expect to operate Breen Center equipment.

   All chemicals or paints brought in the Breen Center must be accompanied by Material Safety Data Sheets, which includes cleaning fluids, paints, hazer fluids, and all other chemicals. (For more information on how to find Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS, please see

   The stage floor and walls may not be painted.

   Accepted stage screws and nails may be used in the stage floor.

   Any hole must be plugged by Tenant to the satisfaction of the Technical Director. Damage to the stage floor or wall will be billed to Tenant for all expenses incurred.

   Open flames, including hand held candles, votives, and tea lights are not permitted anywhere in the theatre or lobby.

   Fire laws require that when an audience is in attendance, there will be no cables, tripods, equipment, or obstructions of any kind in the audience seating area, aisles, exit doors, and hallways. TV cable from production vans to camera platforms must be taped down and approved by the Technical Director.


Carpentry and Rigging


Load In Area

The load in area is on the West side of the building. The load in door is 9 1/2 feet tall and 8 1/2 feet wide. The door is at stage level and is 60 foot push to the stage. There is no loading dock but there is ample clearance for an 18 wheeler.


Performance space

The Proscenium is 48'-0" wide and 25'-0" high. There are two proscenium extensions that will shrink the proscenium opening to 38'-0" wide. Stage depth from Proscenium to the upstage wall is 36'-10". There is 10'-8" downstage of the Proscenium when the orchestra pit cover is installed. The pit cover is standard. The SR and SL wings are 18'-0" wide by 36'-10" deep.

(Click here for theater ground plan)


Stage rigging

The House fly system is motorized and consists of 24 batons. Low trim rests at 4'-0" while high trim rests at 43'-0" (measurements from the stage floor to the bottom of the pipe). There are two (2) travelers (Main House Curtain and a Mid-stage), five (5) leg sets, four (4) borders, two (2) tab sets, two (2) scrims, a cyclorama, a movie screen, three (3) electrics, and three (3) overhead acoustic ceiling panels with matching side towers. There are five (5) general purpose battens available.

(Click here for lineset schedule)



The house lighting system is controlled by an ETC Ion with 2x10 Fader Wing located in an open lighting booth in the rear of the auditorium. There are (224) 2.4kW dimmers dedicated to stage lighting. These dimmers are distributed with:

1.              (40) Forty circuits in the FOH Catwalk 1 (closest to the stage)

2.              (6) Six circuits in the FOH Catwalk 2 (farthest from the stage)

3.              (6) Six circuits on the House Left side in a "Box Boom" position

4.              (6) Six circuits on the House Right side in a "Box Boom" position

5.              (3) Three circuits on the Acoustical Shelf above the Lighting Booth

6.              (3) Three circuits in the Orchestra Pit

7.              (24) Twenty-Four Onstage circuits in wall outlet boxes USR. USL, DSR, and DSL

8.              (36) Thirty-Six circuits on Electric 1

9.              (36) Thirty-Six circuits on Electric 2

10.           (30) Thirty circuits on Electric 3

11.           (18) Eighteen circuits in SL Catwalk

12.           (18) Eighteen circuits in SR Catwalk


All remaining dimmers are dedicated to the architectural lighting systems and are unavailable for stage productions.


The lighting instrument inventory is maintained in a standard "rep" plot distributed between the FOH catwalks, stage catwalks and 3 stage electrics. Please consult with the Technical Director for information regarding any changes to this inventory. The available instruments are as follows:

1.              18 – ETC SourceFour, 36 degree Ellipsoidals

2.              26 – ETC SourceFour, 26 degree Ellipsoidals

3.              29 – ETC SourceFour, 19 degree Ellipsoidals

4.              8 - ETC SourceFour, 10 degree Ellipsoidals

5.              1 - ETC SourceFour, 50 degree Ellipsodial with 3 spare barrels

6.              20 – ETC SourceFour Parnels.24—Altman 8" Fresnels20 – ETC SourceFour PAR's with lens kits

7.              14 – Mini-Strip, 6', 3 circuit fixtures

8.              2 – Robert Juliat "Super Korrigan" followspots.


Sound and Projection

The house sound system is controlled by a 32 channel Yamaha LS9-32 mixer located in an open mixing booth in the rear of the auditorium. The auditorium features a 7.1 surround sound system for cinema-quality sound in addition to a traditional center speaker cluster for theatrical performances. There are two monitor speakers available for use. There are microphone and speaker outlets in wall outlet boxes at the stage level USR, USL, DSR, DSL, SL Catwalk, and SR catwalk. Eight (8) wireless microphones are available for use and may be configured into a handheld or lavaliere style microphone. A Clear-Com Intercom system is installed throughout the Breen Center.


In addition to our sound system, The Breen Center features an auditorium that can be "tuned" to the acoustic needs of individual performances. Acoustic drapery lines the walls of the auditorium and can be added or removed in order to achieve the desired acoustic atmosphere.


Projection Equipment

The house projection system is designed to provide a High-Definition cinematic experience. The projection screen is 18'-0" high by 32'-0" wide. A variety of input sources, including Blu-Ray, DVD, and computer generated sources like PowerPoint, can be played through the High-Definition projector. Video monitor outlets are available in the dressing rooms, in the orchestra pit, backstage, and at the tech booth.



The Breen Center has 3 chorus dressing rooms available off stage left down the hall. Each dressing room has lighted mirrors, 15 amp outlets at each station, and an audio and video feed from the stage. There are 2 restrooms connected to the dressing rooms. Rolling wardrobe racks are also available. There are no laundry facilities on site.

Dressing Room 1 - 11 stations Click here for layout

Dressing Room 2 - 7 stations Click here for layout

Dressing Room 3 - 12 stations Click here for layout