Following a series of studies, we worked with the design team to help create a new and better facility and restore Hancher Auditorium as a cultural focal point of the region. The new facility features a versatile multipurpose theatre, greatly expanded and rearranged support spaces, a three-story lobby, café, and terrace. Motorized lifts, mechanically assisted seating boxes, a demountable orchestra shell with designated storage space—these and many other features make the venue easier to use, more accommodating, and help the users manage student and touring performers. The 192,000 square foot building provides the school with a state-of-the-art venue featuring 700 fewer seats than its predecessor—creating an intimate and engrossing performance space for performing arts students and touring groups alike.
- 1,765-seat multipurpose theatre