Williams College, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance

Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

This beautiful 126,000 square foot center—a combination of new construction and renovation—houses four versatile and dynamic performance spaces and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. The center’s intimate 550-seat drama theatre features seating on three levels, a full stage, and orchestra pit. The 220-seat studio theatre is a flexible space with reconfigurable seating, moveable balconies, unique double-decker lift, and a double-height metal door which opens to a sunlit lounge area. The center also includes a beautiful, glass-walled dance studio, and the renovated Adams Memorial Theatre, which was converted from a proscenium space into an intimate 200-seat thrust theatre for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The multiple venues and open nature of the building encourage interaction and collaboration between students. The ’62 Center’s hallways, lobbies, and lounges double as gathering spaces and the building’s central corridor runs past several glass-fronted studio spaces, allowing passersby to see the flourishing activity and creativity. 

Williams College, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Owner

Williams College

Architect

William Rawn Associates

Acoustician

Acoustic Dimensions

Users

Williams College and Williamstown Theatre Festival

Seat count

200, 220, 550

Construction type

Mixed

Theatre type

Educational, Dance theatre, Drama theatre, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre

Services

Concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2005

Venue website

62center.williams.edu

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Williams College, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

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