College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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Facility Focus AUDITORIUMS AND PERFORMING ARTS Cleveland State University Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare T HE TRANSFORMATION OF the historic 1921 Allen Theatre serves as the new home for Cleveland State University's (CSU) Depart- ment of Theatre and Dance; new permanent residence of Cleveland Play House, the nation's fi rst regional theatre; and expands PlayhouseSquare, the country's largest per- forming arts center in venues outside of New York City, an unparalleled urban district for arts, education, and new media technology. In the fi rst collaboration of its kind, CSU has partnered with PlayhouseSquare and Cleveland Play House in this innova- tive initiative, a model for partnerships and operational synergies between education and cultural arts. Designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, the $30M renovation and expansion features three new theatres created in the 81,500-sq.-ft. existing historic theatre and a 44,000-sq.-ft. addition. Turner Construc- tion Company served as construction manager. Housed in the existing Allen Theatre is the main stage; its lobby transitions the existing 3,000-seat venue into an intimate 512-seat proscenium stage. The "Second Stage" and Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre ("The Helen") are created in the new addition inserted between the Al- len and Ohio Theatres. The fl exible Second Stage is a transitional space offering a myriad of confi gurations seating up to 348. The 150-seat Helen is a traditional black box for educational programs and per- formances. Pursuing LEED certifi cation, the contemporary venues are equipped 54 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / AUGUST 2012 with state-of-the-art production capabili- ties, audience experience, and sustainable integrated technology, including digital technology distribution. The Allen Theatre is supported by the adjacent Middough Building, renovated with planning and programming by West- lake Reed Leskosky and implementation by Middough, to house CSU's arts hub, containing performance space, theatre management program, technical theatre training school, scenery, and costume shops. CSU theatre students work alongside professionals and graduate students in the Cleveland Play House/Case Western Re- serve University MFA program. The CSU/ Allen initiative goal is to become a national draw for technical theatre students, with a graduate program planned. WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTOS © KEVIN G. REEVES, PHOTOGRAPHER; COURTESY OF WESTLAKE REED LESKOSKY

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