Magazine article Stage Directions

TheatreSquared Raises the Curtain on Its New Home

Magazine article Stage Directions

TheatreSquared Raises the Curtain on Its New Home

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This August, more than 550 Northwest Arkansas civic leaders and arts supporters gathered for a ribbon cutting celebration at TheatreSquared's state-of-theart, $31 million new home in Fayetteville, AR. The new TheatreSquared building is an architecturally significant new cultural landmark at the corner of Spring Street and West Avenue in downtown Fayetteville. The state-of-theart complex opens its doors as one of the newest, most intimate, and immersive performance spaces in the country - "a theatre that lures the public inside" states Architect magazine. London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue and Puerto Rico/New York-based Marvel Architects collaborated to design the building and performance spaces.

The new TheatreSquared houses two state-of-the-art theatres - The Spring and The West Theaters, the Walker Rehearsal Room, offices, education and community space, design workshops, eight dedicated guest artist apartments, and the open-all-day Commons Bar/Café. Outdoor areas on each level - a patio on Spring Street, a secondlevel terrace on West, and a rooftop deck - reinforce the organization's ethos of transparency to the community.

Plans for a new home began to take form in early 2015, which were unanimously approved by the T2 Board who stated, "We see a gathering place-a theatre commons- that is welcoming and fascinating, alive with activity. A building that draws the eye and evokes curiosity. A place that invites, hints at the unusual, and suggests, something significant will happen here. …

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