GLENDALE, CALIF.: Antaeus Theatre Company has announced that it will break ground next week on a new cultural arts center in a 7,600-square-foot retail building in Glendale.
“The groundbreaking on June 11 launches the next chapter for one of the region’s theatre gems,” said board president David Gindler in a statement. “With its illustrious roster of ensemble members, its commitment to inspire audiences through the performance of great classical theatre and the wide ranging impact of its educational programs, Antaeus now can look forward to a wonderful new space that will enable its family of actors and audiences to continue to explore stories with enduring themes for generations to come.”
The new cultural center, designed by architect John Sergio Fisher, will be located in Glendale’s growing downtown arts and entertainment district. The city of Glendale has approved the plans to transform the retail building into the performing arts facility for an 80-seat theatre, a 40-seat black box space, a lobby gallery and a classics library. Renovation is expected to take place over the course of a year.
The Antaeus board of directors and ensemble members have raised a substantial portion of the required funds with the help of local individual and institutional donors. A capital campaign “Play On!” will aim to raise the remaining $1 million necessary to complete the project.
In the interim, the theatre ensemble will continue to operate at its 49-seat theatre in North Hollywood. Upcoming productions include William Inge’s Picnic (June 25–Aug. 16) and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya set to open Oct. 15.