FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: TheatreSquared has unveiled designs for the company’s permanent home in downtown Fayetteville. The building, designed by Charcoalblue, will expand on the theatre’s current site. Construction for the 50,000 square-foot building is set to begin in June 2017.
“TheatreSquared’s new home will unite two state-of-the-art theatres, the company’s first dedicated rehearsal space right on the corner, staff offices, education and community space off the lobby, on-site design workshops, eight dedicated guest artist apartments in a separate building, outdoor public spaces at three levels, and an always-open café/bar,” said executive director Martin Miller in a statement.
Last year, TheatreSquared was selected to participate in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, which provided financial support to develop space for public purposes. The Fayetteville City Council approved a 100-year lease on a 0.8 acre site in downtown Fayetteville, directly across from the theatre’s current venue.
“I’m proud to say that this is one of the most intimate, yet immersive theatre spaces Charcoalblue has yet designed,” said Charcoalblue senior project manager Clem Abercrombie in a statement. “We started our design process from the inside out—with the theatre itself. Charcoalblue worked to preserve and enhance the sense of panoramic immersion in the current space, adding 100 seats to the theatre’s base seating capacity while only deepening the room by the equivalent of one row. In the new theatre, in fact, the front row is even closer to the stage.”