PITTSBURGH: Point Park University has opened the new home of Pittsburgh Playhouse. The 90,411-square-foot complex, which took 28 months of construction, features the restoration of a ceiling with 22 panels of stained glass. In total, the theatre building has 91 rooms, including a lobby, three performance spaces, a paint shop, a sound stage, and educational spaces. The building officially opened on Oct. 11 with a dedication ceremony.
“We are thrilled to finally pull back the curtain on this amazing new entertainment center in Downtown Pittsburgh,” said Point Park University president Paul Hennigan in a statement. “For those of us who have been a part of seeing this building come to life, it’s a very special moment.”
The complex is designed to be an educational laboratory for Point Park students studying multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work, and aesthetics. The space will be open to students outside of the Conservatory for the Performing Arts program, and will offer experiential learning opportunities such as producing, marketing, management, ticketing, and programming. The playhouse will also collaborate with the university’s Rowland School of Business and Center for Media Innovation to present events, lectures, and related programming.
“This is a unique component of the new playhouse and was a key driver in its design and mission,” said Hennigan in a statement. “We believe the cross-disciplinary opportunities it will provide students will be unrivaled in our region,.”
In addition to Point Park theatre and dance program, the theatre complex is also home to the REP, a professional theatre company. The new facility will also open its doors to national entertainment production companies.