Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Anchorage, Alaska

The Municipality of Anchorage commissioned a facility review in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the center’s 1988 opening. As project manager for Theatre Projects, Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman compiled an extensive report detailing the condition rigging, lifts, adjustable acoustics, stage floors, seating, lighting, and audio systems. As a result of this work, the center undertook to replace the dimming and control systems in the Discovery Theatre and the Atwood Concert Hall, and to install a new orchestra shell with rigging improvements in the Atwood Concert Hall (pictured above). Tony documented these projects and coordinated implementation in phases over two years.

Municipality of Anchorage

RIM Architects

Threshold Acoustics

Original Architect
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates

Construction Type


Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
Anchorage Opera
Anchorage Dance Theatre
Anchorage Concert Association
Anchorage Concert Chorus
Perseverance Theatre

2,000-seat concert hall
700-seat multipurpose theater
340-seat proscenium theater
1,800-square foot multipurpose room

Photo: © Alaska Center for the Performing Arts