Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Theatre for a New Audience

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Thirty years after the group’s founding, Theatre for a New Audience entered its new home at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. The theatre was inspired by one of Theatre Projects’ most ground-breaking venues—London’s Cottesloe Theatre—and like the Cottesloe, this courtyard theatre envelops the stage with the audience for incredibly intimate and dynamic performances. The  orchestra floor can be altered into endstage, thrust, flat floor, and arena configurations. Adjustable seating platforms and a robust, innovative rigging system provide the venue with structural flexibility that allows for maximum artistic flexibility. 

Polonsky Shakespeare Center Theatre for a New Audience
Credit: Francis Dzikowski/Esto
Owner

Theatre for a New Audience

Architect

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Acoustician

Akustiks

Users

Theatre for a New Audience

Seat count

299

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Courtyard theatre, Drama theatre, Flexible theatre

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2013

Venue website

tfana.org

Polonsky Shakespeare Center Theatre for a New Audience
Credit: David Sundberg/Esto

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