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Creating a Theatre for a New Audience

Renowned Architect Hugh Hardy To Speak

April 2, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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In 2000, Harvey Lichtenstein, recently retired executive director of BAM, invited Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), a modern classical theatre, to build its first home in what was previously known as the BAM Cultural District.

Established in 1979, TFANA produces Shakespeare alongside a wide range of other major authors. Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, wanted space that would be both intimate and epic, but without one fixed perspective, so that artists could change the configuration of the stage and audience depending upon the needs of a particular play and production. The Cottesloe at London’s Royal National Theatre inspired Horowitz.

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A team consisting of architects Hugh Hardy and Geoff Lynch (H3 Collaboration Architecture), theatre consultants Jean-Guy Lecat and Richard Pilbrow, acoustician Russell Todd, and graphic artist Milton Glaser collaborated with Horowitz on designing the 299-seat Scripps Main Stage and 50-seat Rogers Studio.

In this second installment of “Creating a Theatre for a New Audience,” world renowned architect Hugh Hardy will speak to the plan and design of our modern classical theatre, joining our year-long series of free public discussions focusing on the question of how theatrical design can support and enhance art.

Hugh Hardy will be interviewed by Julie Iovine, architecture and design reporter, editor, and critic with an international reputation based on more than a decade as a features reporter and editor at The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. He is founding partner of H3 Collaboration Architecture whose celebrated projects include the renovation of Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater and Peter J. Sharpe Façade and Canopy, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Joyce Theater, Bridgemarket, and renovation of Bryant Park.


The event will take place Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Theatre for a New Audience is located at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place.

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