Kennedy Center Theater Lab

Washington, DC, USA

In 1987, the comedy Shear Madness was brought in for a short run in the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. 20+ years later, it was still running. Theatre Projects worked closely with the Kennedy Center and the producers of Shear Madness to completely update the theatre from a “temporary” fit-out, while managing to keep the same intimacy and flexibility in the 400-seat theatre that has won over audiences and brought the show numerous awards.  

The renovation included a complete seating and equipment overhaul, plus upgrades to backstage areas, support space, and stage access for performers. All the performance lighting in the Theater Lab was converted to low-energy consuming LED lighting. Our work also included the architectural lighting for the Theater Lab and adjacent areas.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Credit: Alain Jaramillo
Credit: Alain Jaramillo
Credit: Alain Jaramillo
Owner

Kennedy Center

Architect

Richter Cornbrooks Gribble Architects

Acoustician

Jaffe Holden

Users

Shear Madness

Seat count

400

Construction type

Renovation

Theatre type

Drama theatre

Services

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

Completion

2012

Venue website

kennedy-center.org

Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Credit: Alain Jaramillo