An intimate performance space, all 400 seats are within 40 feet of the front stage.
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Centennial Performing Arts Center, Westminster School
Simsbury, Connecticut
Westminster School is a private, secondary school of 350 students where the performing arts have been an important part of the academic life. As Westminster prepared to mark its centennial, the school decided to ad dress its demand for expanded and technically-improved dance, music and theater facilities. Sit u at ed in a prominent location at the northeastern corner of the campus’s central quadrangle, Centennial Center consciously brings the performing arts into the physical and academic mainstream of campus life. The 30,000 square-foot building includes a two-story lobby, a 400 seat, multiuse Shakespearian-style theater, music and dance studios and rehearsal room, dressing rooms, a scene shop/laboratory and other production support spaces. Particular to the “courtyard” theater form, all 400 seats are within 40 feet of the front of the stage, and there is built-in flexibility for both audience size and style of production. As a result, the theater provides an exhilarating yet intimate experience for audience and performer alike.

COMPLETION

1989

SIZE

30,000 SF

AWARDS

National Commercial Builders Council, Award of Excellence
AIA New England, Award of Excellence
AIA Connecticut, Design Award

PHOTOGRAPHY

Steve Rosenthal

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