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Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre has released final design renderings of its theatre transformation by Trahan Architects. This is the first major building reinvention for the theatre since its construction in 1968 as part of the celebrated Woodruff Arts Center campus, also home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, hosting more than 1.2 million patrons annually.

The Woodruff Arts Center is distinguished by remarkable architecture designed by two Pritzker Prize winning architects, Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Trahan Architects was selected to reinvent The Memorial Arts Building, home of the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony, as well as educational and administrative facilities. Trahan’s design concept focuses on providing visual access to the Theatre and the Symphony from adjacent Peachtree Street, the city’s main boulevard.

The initial phase of work will include a complete transformation of the Alliance Stage, the theater’s rehearsal spaces, education spaces, and artist support facilities. The new theatre design encourages visual and emotional connections between patrons with a design that wraps the room in audience. It minimizes the separation between orchestra and balcony levels, thereby rejecting the unjust social divisions they once represented.

The project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017, with the Alliance Theatre performing its 2017/2018 season in 12 different locations in the metro Atlanta area, bringing live theatre out into the community it serves. The Alliance plans to return to its new theatre space for its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2018.