The Coal Bin Theatre, a “black box” theater exclusively for student productions, opened behind and below the Powerhouse Theater.  A part of the renovation of the old facilities buildings behind Main Building made possible by the opening of the new Buildings and Grounds Services Center at the south end of the campus, the space was designed by architect Jeh V. Johnson, senior lecturer in art, in consultation with several representatives of student dramatic groups.

The facility, where programming was primarily the responsibility of Philaletheis, was renamed a few years later as The Susan Stein Shiva Theater.