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SINCE 1975

Performance Hall
The rounded quality of the theater was preserved since its opening in 1975, while the transforming stage of the hall seats an audience of 70 promoting a workable space for various artistic performances. The utilizing of surrounding lighting and exit aisles aided in salvaging theater’s characteristic atmosphere of blurring the line between the stage and the audience for greater impact.
The first floor gallery is an open space allowing for visitors to comfortably take in the exhibited artwork at their leisure, while the artwork provides an opportunity for visitors to look back on the theater’s history. As the doors to the theater open once more, the space available for experimental artists to express their creativity is a helpful reminder of the original purpose of the theater itself.
The studio boasts of beautiful surroundings from its second floor location looking down on Samil-ro Street. The studio is open to all performing artists, operating through public rental services and is the perfect space for conducting various kinds of performances and events.
The Samil-ro Theater retains a deep significance as both a small theater that has greatly contributed to the discovery and nurturing of young performing artists, along with the implementation of the producer system, while also working as the symbolic emblem of Korea’s small theater movement. Efforts are continuously made for the discovery of creative performance works and nurturing newly-welcomed talent based on the producer system, in addition to the theater actively maintaining its accessibility as an experimental space for young performers. The theater being instilled with such passion and mindset since the 1970s also led to its functioning as a welcoming zone for performing artists when theaters were nearly non-existent. The countless passionate souls that graced the theater with their performances over the years is what has maintained the theater’s historical meaning and value important to the Korean performing arts. After its being designated as a future heritage landmark of Seoul, the theater organized an official operations committee under the shared governance of artists and the Namsan Arts Center in order to fulfill its role as a creative platform for aspiring youth to enable the transmission of the theater’s culture. The committee is responsible for business planning, management and budgeting, and as a co-management body maintaining equal authority, continues to solidify the theater’s creative platform through sustained communication with the performing arts community.