Shaw Center for the Arts, Manship Theatre for the Visual and Performing Arts

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

The versatility provided by a full fly tower, automated orchestra pit, and full complement of support spaces helps the intimate Manship Theatre accommodate the wide range of performers who pour though the Shaw Center each week. We designed the room with two balconies, side boxes, and no seat farther than 36 feet from the stage. The theatre’s intimacy makes it the perfect venue to take in electric or acoustic music, drama, musicals, film, spoken word, and more. The venue features state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems, adjustable acoustic ceiling panels, and two forestage catwalks. The six-story, 125,000 square foot center—a mix of new construction and adaptive reuse—is also home to two smaller versatile venues—a 150-seat studio theatre and a flexible 125-seat multipurpose space—which host meetings,  emerging local artists, banquets, parties, lectures, cinema and more.

Shaw Center for the Arts, Manship Theatre for the Visual and Performing Arts
Credit: Schwartz/Silver
Owner

Architect

Schwartz/Silver Architects | Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Acoustician

Acentech

Users

Local and regional arts groups

Seat count

250, 325

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Community

Services

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

Completion

2005

Venue website

shawcenter.org

Credit: Schwartz/Silver
Credit: Timothy Hursley