Bud Frank Theatre
Bud Frank Theatre
This 209 seat proscenium theatre is located on the first floor of the oldest classroom
building on campus, Gilbreath Hall. It is named after the founder of the ETSU Theatre
program, Harold "Bud" Frank.
The stage of the Bud Frank Theatre covers 1815 square feet. It has a 30' wide by 18' tall proscenium opening located 24' upstage of an extended apron. The auditorium covers 1870 square feet and seats 209.
For more information about this space contact Kim Edwards.
Harold and Daryl Frank
Daryl’s food remains legendary; she often served spaghetti from a large garbage can, as it was the only container large enough to feed the hordes of students that came to the parties.
In 1954, Daryl and Harold “Bud” Frank came to East Tennessee State College. Both armored
with unique artistic backgrounds, Daryl and Bud governed the expansion of the performing
arts and broadcasting locally and state-wide. Driven by her strong leadership skills
and theatre movement expertise, Daryl breathed originality and vigor into the theatre
program. As a course instructor, she balanced her class loads against directing projects
and choreography works on campus and in the community. Accompanying Daryl’s invigoration
of the theatre program, Bud created the Broadcasting Department and started a campus
AM radio station. Later, Bud and Tom Headley worked tirelessly to complete a grant
proposal and an FCC application, to create what is now WETS-FM.
For every production, the two hosted a lavish cast party in their home. Daryl’s food remains legendary; she often served spaghetti from a large garbage can, as it was the only container large enough to feed the hordes of students that came to the parties. Over the years, a steady stream of students who graduated returned to visit.