TheatreSquared’s new 50,000 SF home unites two states-of-the art theatres, eight artist apartments, a rehearsal space, offices, education and community spaces, on-site workshops, outdoor terraces at three levels, and an always-open café/bar at the active corner of West & Spring Street.
Initial sketch of TheatreSquared
The three performing art spaces articulated in board-form concrete and charred wood provide an authentic materiality on the downtown Fayetteville site along the Cultural corridor.
The Theatre Commons is welcoming and fascinating, alive with activity. It is a place that invites, hints at the unusual, and suggests something significant will happen.
In the West Theatre, the ‘core’ of the building, are brilliant performances, intimate and unmediated, celebrating the joys and struggles of what it means to be human.
Main Stage - Section
The design embraces TheatreSquared’s unique ethos of audience inclusivity, intimacy, and interaction with its new building organized around its multi-story public space.
Natural finishes like board foam concrete, blackened steel and recycled wood articulate the exterior and interior.
The 2nd floor café/bar terrace becomes an extension of the Street reinforcing the connection with Fayetteville’s Cultural corridor.
The Theatre Commons extends to the third level, connecting to the Rehearsal Room and Administrative Offices. A skylight provides natural light through the triple-height space.
The theatre’s capacity is expandable from a typical setup for 280 to 400 for a special occasion. The stage can shift from partial thrust to full Shakespearean courtyard, from traditional proscenium to an in-the-round stage.
The design of the Spring Theatre elevates the space above a generic black box encouraging experimentation.
The main public space is framed in structural steel. The elevated corridors, steel guardrails, and exposed infrastructure recall the back-of-house systems that make the theater experience possible.
An amphitheater provides a space for casual seating and impromptu performances. Audiovisual and stage lighting systems are integrated into the public spaces increasing both performance flexibility as well as the client’s ability to draw the public in.
The stair landing is a porch overlooking the lobby and café/bar. It’s a place to see and be seen, to make a toast at an event, or a stage for performances.
The trees removed from the site were used to make custom tables and benches.
Adjacent to the building are eight new artist residences that allow artists from around the country to join TheatreSquared in creating its 230 annual performances.
TheatreSquared is a world-class theatre for Northwest Arkansas.