Yale University, Pauli Murray College, Lighten Theater

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Theatre Projects designed this 65-seat miniature courtyard theatre for non-professional student groups to rehearse, workshop new projects, and stage small experimental works. The scale of the intimate venue is easily filled with an actor’s voice and presence, and a wrap-around balcony creates intimacy, giving  performers immediate feedback from faces in the crowd. We designed a six-windowed brick wall at the proscenium as a ready-made backdrop that could be used as a scenic or staging element or covered with theatrical drapes—ideal for groups with limited theatrical production resources. A motorized roll hangs above the proscenium for scenic projection or to use the theatre as a cinema. With all loose seating, the audience arrangement is entirely configurable and the room’s mix of LED and incandescent lighting helps students learn both systems. Additional features like a control booth, dressing room, and AV systems give this tiny theatre outsized potential.

Yale University, Pauli Murray College, Lighten Theater
Credit: Theatre Projects
Owner

Yale University

Architect

Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Acoustician

Jaffe Holden

Users

Yale University

Seat count

65

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Courtyard theatre

Services

Concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2017

Venue website

yale.edu/


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