Alley Theatre Renovation Houston, TX
The Alley Theatre is a professional resident theatre company that has been part of downtown Houston since 1965, when it built its permanent home with a unique thrust stage. For the past several years, Bill Conner Associates LLC and the firm Studio Red Architects have been working with the owner and production staff to fundamentally change the stage, auditorium, and backstage spaces for the next generation's productions. The goal has been to improve the audience-performer relationship as well as update production infrastructure and code compliance. The design involves completely reshaping and remodeling the auditorium seating and envelope, the addition of a new stage house with motorized rigging, a substantial stage trap system, and major upgrades to the lighting systems. A critical part of the design is maintaining the “alleyness” of the space.
Bill Conner Associates LLC has participated in the design through several iterations. BCA is responsible for the design of seating, stage rigging systems, stage trap systems, stage lift machinery, production lighting controls, and lighting design. Completion of this complicated remodel is expected in 2015, with all work completed in one production season.
Ethel Holden Brownstone Center Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
Working as the theatre consultant to Studio Red Architects of Houston, Bill Conner Associates LLC provided design services for two performance spaces. The new Cultural Arts Center for the campus includes a 1,200-seat theatre for large-scale performances. The smaller 365-seat chapel/recital hall includes a round floor plan and a vast expanse of windows. Motorized curtains concealed behind decorative screens in this smaller hall help control sound absorption. BCA provided the rigging, curtains, and lighting as well as seating design services for this project.
School for Creative & Performing Arts Cincinnati, OH
The new 252,000 square foot school was developed by the partnership of CR Architecture, Fanning Howey Associates, and Moody Nolan. The four-story school, which opened in 2010, is the first publicly funded K-12 arts school in the country. The school features four performance and laboratory spaces designed by Bill Conner Associates.
The facility includes a 750-seat auditorium with a well-equipped stage house and a 300-seat small concert and drama theatre and a black box theatre. A small light lab is also included as classroom space.
V. Sue Cleveland High School Rio Rancho, NM
Since this facility opened it has earned multiple awards for design excellence. Designed by Van H. Gilbert Architect and Fanning Howey Associates, Bill Conner Associates worked with the team to design the various performance spaces in the school.
The largest space is the Concert Theatre, designed as an 1100-seat dedicated music venue with adjustable acoustics and a view window to Sandia Mountain that can be closed for performances. There is a drama classroom which is a flexible space operating like a black box theatre with expanded capabilities. The space can be configured for arena, end stage and thrust usage. The production studio is a small video studio including a pipe grid, curtains and a dimming system.