Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
New Haven, Connecticut

After 25 years of living in borrowed quarters, New Haven’s full-time arts magnet school has a new state-of-the-art facility in the city’s arts district. The new building has a proscenium theater with a full stagehouse, orchestra pit, and shop spaces, allowing the school to improve its performing arts programs and greatly expand its technical theater offerings. In addition to the typical high school spaces, the building includes a black box theater and studio spaces for acting, dance, music, visual art, and video production. Nextstage Design principal Gene Leitermann served as project manager and principal in charge for Theatre Projects Consultants.

Institution
New Haven Public Schools

Architect
Pelli Clarke Pelli Associates

Acoustician
Akustiks

Construction Manager
Giordano Construction

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
140,000

Cost
$52 million

Completion
2009

Users
Coop High School departments of dance, music, and theater arts
Shubert Summer Theater & Arts Camp
Yale College Undergraduate Production
Corporate and community events

Spaces
325-seat multipurpose theater
100-seat flexible theater
80-seat screening room
video production studio

Awards
2014 AIA Connecticut Design Award

Photo: © Judy Sirota Rosenthal