Quinnipiac University’s new Theatre Arts Center was created by the adaptive reuse of a former residential and light industrial building near the school’s York Hill campus. Built in 1962 and acquired by the university in 1974, the building has been used as classroom space, furniture storage, and a training site for the local police and fire departments. Most recently it was vacant. When the Department of Theater’s small black box theater was slated to be repurposed, the university committed to rehabbing the building to create its first dedicated theater facility. The 10,800-square-foot building was skillfully replanned to provide the needed spaces with the minimum of structural changes. The facility includes a 150-seat black box with support spaces, scene shop, costume shop, classrooms, offices, and a student lounge. Nextstage Design provided planning advice, guidance on equipment selections, and complete documents for the all new LED theater lighting system.
Centerbrook Architects and Planners
150-seat flexible theater
Photos: © Nathaniel Riley