Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center

Durham, North Carolina, USA

A welcoming, open, and versatile home for artistic production and creativity, the Rubenstein Arts Center fosters creativity and interdisciplinary education through open, accessible multi-purpose spaces, the liberal application of sunlight and glass, and a rich infrastructure that supports boundless creativity and collaboration. The Ruby’s flexible 170-seat studio theatre features a 360-degree balcony, technical ledge, tension wire grid, hybrid incandescent/LED lighting system, and a wall of immense floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout shades. Retractable risers and movable seating platforms allow for arena, traverse, flat floor, or thrust arrangements. On the second floor, a double-height glass studio supports the dance program and six multipurpose studios were developed as blank canvases for rehearsal, classes, small performances, and more. The 75,000-square-foot center also features a 100-seat cinema, radio station, visual arts studios, “makerspace,” and The Ruby Lounge—a study and gathering space that transforms for performance utilizing a sprung floor, lighting grid, audio and projection capabilities, and soundproofing.   

Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Owner

Duke University

Architect

William Rawn Associates

Acoustician

Threshold Acoustics

Users

Duke University Dance Program, Art of the Moving Image Program, other university users, community arts groups

Seat count

100, 170

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Educational, Flexible theatre, Cinema

Services

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

Completion

2018

Venue website

arts.duke.edu/rubenstein-arts-...

Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Duke University, Rubenstein Arts Center
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

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