EYP (Einhorn Yaffee Prescott), Architect ;Washington, DC
Theatre Projects Consultants, Theatre Consultant; South Norwalk, CT
The Fine and Performing Arts Center boasts performance and rehearsal spaces dedicated to specific uses while providing a high degree of flexibility. Faculty and students alike can reflect on the past, share messages from modern events and explore future art forms and media that have a deep impact on the lives of both audience and performers.
The 380-seat main stage provides a multi-purpose hall for musical and dramatic theatre, instrumental and choral music, and dance. It is complete with an orchestra pit platform/stage extension, a multi-position band shell, and motorized acoustics drapery. The 150-seat recital hall closely connects audience with performers and utilizes motorized acoustics drapery that delivers differing acoustical environments catered to each specific event within an extensive range of instrumental and choral repertoire. The flexible “black box” theatre provides re-configurable audience seating and performance platforms to vary the form through which performers communicate a message. The dance studio offers a large open space to rehearse and perform in with deployable, telescopic audience seating. A gracious lobby with terrazzo flooring, hardwood wall finishes, and large skylights coupled with decorative lighting connects the performance spaces and art gallery, while providing an open forum for sharing audience experiences.
Performance wing support spaces include dedicated instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms with adjustable acoustics drapery, a percussion rehearsal room, a scenery shop, a costume shop, band studios, a green room, and performer dressing rooms. An academic wing of the building contains dedicated art studios for ceramics, sculpture, photography, and drawing/painting as well as teaching classrooms and studios for music, including an electronic media lab and recording studio.
Photos: © Darren Higgins Photography