Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
New York, New York

Located in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, the band shell and amphitheater is a vibrant community gathering place for music, dance, celebrations, and ceremonies. Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman, while at Theatre Projects Consultants, managed a full scope of theater planning and equipment design services, starting with participation in community meetings and conversations with the NYC Parks Foundation and the Parks Department. Based on that input, the design team developed the seating, stage, and backstage areas to accommodate a wide range of uses. The addition of a new multi-purpose room at the rear of the stage, which connects directly to the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, provides a year-round dance studio and dressing rooms for band shell events. Once again the Harlem community has a modern facility to support performances, parades, and parties!

Institution
Marcus Garvey Park

Architect
Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Acoustician
Akustiks

General Contractor
Triton Structural

Construction Type
Renovation

Square Feet
5,400

Cost
$7 million

Completion
2011

Users
City Parks Foundation
NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation

Spaces
1,600-seat outdoor venue

Awards
2013 AIA New York State Merit Award

Photos: © Grace Wu © Filip Wolak