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    Monday
    Feb152016

    Public invited to take part in new theatre design

    Public invited to take part in new theatre design

    Charcoalblue & Marvel Architects to lead community workshop

    February 23, 6:30pm, Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — February 15, 2016 — The award-winning designers Charcoalblue and Marvel Architects will lead an open, public design workshop at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville at 6:30pm on February 23.  TheatreSquared’s full design team, including London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue, will be present to lead small-group conversations, and feedback will be incorporated into the architectural vision at this crucial early design stage.  Members of the public are invited to reserve a spot for this free, open forum by emailing rsvp@theatre2.org

    “We're extremely excited to hear from the community in a region that we’ve fallen in love with,” said Jonathan Marvel, founding principal of Marvel Architects. “From the art and architecture of Crystal Bridges, to one-of-a-kind, intimate spaces like the Dickson Street Used Bookstore — surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks — this is clearly a very special part of the world. Please join us in conversation to help shape a design for this ambitious new cultural project in Northwest Arkansas.”

    City parking lot at the corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville.

    "Having joined the audience for many of TheatreSquared's shows over the past 15 months, and sharing time with the artists that have created the fabulous productions, we're delighted to have this opportunity to now hear what the audience wants from T2's new theatre spaces," said Clemeth Abercrombie, Charcoalblue's Team Leader.

    Schematic designs for a planned 50,000-square-foot theatre building are expected to be unveiled in late spring 2016. This community round-table workshop is an opportunity for local residents to have an impact on these designs as they take form. 

    Plans for a new home for NWA’s regional theatre began to take shape in early 2015, when a community task force was charged with creating a long-term facilities plan for the company. This committee was supported by Charcoalblue, who, in evaluating T2’s current facilities, found infrastructure challenges, operating constraints, and a capacity ceiling that will soon limit the company’s growth. Recognizing these challenges—and with a strong desire to offer artists and local audiences a still-higher standard of excellence—the task force made a recommendation which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home.

    In August, TheatreSquared and the City of Fayetteville were awarded a highly competitive Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to explore potential sites and begin dialogue about how a new home for T2 might serve the city’s vision for creative placemaking in its downtown arts district.

    In September, T2 was selected as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, providing financial support for all phases of design work to develop space for public purposes. Charcoalblue were selected to lead the team and run a design team selection process on behalf of the T2 board, reflecting the company's desire to place the theatre design at the heart of the project,. Marvel Architects were then chosen from a pool of 70 internationally accomplished architects through an intensive review, shortlisting, and interview process.

    In October, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to support TheatreSquared’s top site candidate, the current city parking lot located at the southwest corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville. “We believe the impact of an expanded, unique professional theater in the downtown can be a significant draw for tourism and economic development,” said City of Fayetteville Development Services Director Jeremy Pate at the time. “In combination with the Walton Arts Center expansion and the amenities that downtown Fayetteville has to offer, this facility, if fully realized, will add to the Northwest Arkansas region’s arsenal of cultural amenities, thereby fueling tourism and spending in our economies.”

    “We're delighted to extend our collaboration with Jonathan Marvel and his team; following hot on the trail of our wonderful St Anns Warehouse Theatre in Brooklyn that opened to wide acclaim in 2015,” said Andy Hayles, Managing Partner of Charcoalblue. Andy has over 25 years in theatre production design and has contributed to the designs of over 100 theatres and concert halls around the world.  In 2014 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts by Sir Paul McCartney for his outstanding contribution to theatre.

    Since its founding in 2004, Charcoalblue has gone on to win over 150 awards for its performing arts projects and has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field as the theatre consultants and acousticians of choice for many of the world's most renowned theatre, opera and dance companies.  Their UK portfolio includes several venues for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, the Young Vic, two new venues at London's National Theatre, and the 2014 RIBA Sterling Award-winning Everyman Theatre. Current global highlights include leading the theatre design for the new, multi-million dollar performing arts building at the World Trade Center site in New York, new venues for 2 different Chicago theatre companies and two new spaces for Sydney Theatre Company right under the iconic harbor bridge.The Charcoalblue team for T2 includes their New York Studio Principal John Owens and Team Leader, Clemeth Abercrombie.

     

    Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-based Marvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. Marvel’s designs include a new Brooklyn Public Library, the national competition-winning entry for the new Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, a master plan for Playwrights Horizons, and, in collaboration with Charcoalblue, the beautiful new home for the storied New York theatre company, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The firm has assembled a team to design TheatreSquared’s new building led by founding principal Jonathan Marvel, founding partner Lissa So, and associate Zachary Griffin. 

    Marvel Architects, Charcoalblue and TheatreSquared will work throughout the design and construction process with Northwest Arkansas-based architect Larry Perkin, senior partner with Hight Jackson Associates, a firm whose projects include the James Turrell Skyspace at Crystal Bridges and the new Fayetteville High School campus. 

     

    TheatreSquared (T2) is Northwest Arkansas's regional professional theatre, staging 220 annual performances for an audience of over 35,000. The company was named one of the nation's ten best emerging theatres by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. T2 is inviting community input at every stage of the design process. For more information, visit theatre2.org

    Monday
    Nov232015

    TheatreSquared selects design team

    TheatreSquared selects design team
    for intimate, permanent home


    Jonathan Marvel of Marvel Architects
    and
    celebrated theatre planners Charcoalblue will collaborate to design
    a world-class theatre for Northwest Arkansas

     

    Jonathan MarvelNORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 23, 2015 — TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today the selection of its lead design team members for a future permanent home. London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue — who served as theatre planners for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Courtyard Theatre, the Young Vic, two new venues at London’s National Theatre, and the 2014 RIBA Sterling Award-winning Everyman Theatre, among many others — will lead the design team. Jonathan Marvel of New York-based firm Marvel Architects will design the 51,000 square foot theatre building. The firm was shortlisted from more than 70 architects who submitted to the Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, and then selected by TheatreSquared through an RFP and interview process.

    TheatreSquared announced the selection of Marvel and Charcoalblue to a record 400 community members in attendance at the company’s Tenth Anniversary Gala. John Owens, head of the U.S. office for Charcoalblue, spoke to guests. “When we first visited TheatreSquared and watched Bob Ford’s Look Away, we were amazed to find, here in Northwest Arkansas, one of the best performances we’d seen all year,” said Owens. “That work deserves — and, after touring Crystal Bridges, I can tell you this region is ready for — a world-class theatre building.”

    Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-based Marvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. Marvel’s designs include a new Brooklyn Public Library, the national competition-winning entry for the new Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, a master plan for Playwrights Horizons, and, in collaboration with Charcoalblue, the beautiful new home for the storied New York theatre company, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The firm has assembled a team to design TheatreSquared’s new building led by founding principal Jonathan Marvel, founding partner Lissa So, and associate Zachary Griffin. This team will also be joined by a Northwest Arkansas-based architect, with interviews to fill this role now underway.

    Charcoalblue has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field. As the theatre consultants and acousticians of choice for many of the world’s most renowned theatre companies, their portfolio ranges from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse, and U.S. companies Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The firm is currently leading theatre design for the new, $200 million performing arts building at the World Trade Center site.

    With TheatreSquared’s selection as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, concept design will begin immediately. The program provides financial support to develop space for public purposes, with funds earmarked for all phases of design work. More information on the program can be found at waltonfamilyfoundation.org/design.

    Plans for a new home began to take form in early 2015, when the TheatreSquared Board charged a special community task force to recommend a long-term facilities plan for the company. This task force was supported by the Charcoalblue team, who traveled to Fayetteville to study T2’s current venue. Charcoalblue’s in-depth study, conducted over a period of several months, found significant infrastructure challenges, systemic operating constraints, and an immediate capacity ceiling that will soon limit the company’s growth. Recognizing these challenges—and with a strong desire to offer artists and local audiences a still-higher standard of excellence—the task force made a strong recommendation, which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home.

    In August, TheatreSquared and the City of Fayetteville were awarded a competitive Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to explore potential sites and begin dialogue about creative placemaking. The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously in early October to support TheatreSquared’s top site candidate, the 0.8 acre city parking lot located at the corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville.

    TheatreSquared is inviting community input at every stage of the design process. For more information, visit theatre2.org.


    Tuesday
    Sep222015

    T2 Selected for Design Excellence Program

    TheatreSquared selected for
    Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

    Walton Family Foundation initiative will fund design phases
    for a world-class theatre in downtown Fayetteville    

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — September 22, 2015 — Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre is taking a major step towards building a permanent home. TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today that the company has been selected as an inaugural project for the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, providing significant grant funding to support exceptional architecture and design.

    “As one of the nation’s fastest-growing theatre companies, we have stretched the limits of the work we can create and the audience we can serve in our current space,” said Miller. “This program will help us use outstanding design concepts to build an intimate, permanent, world-class home for professional theatre in our region.”

    “We’re just at the outset — but it’s an incredibly exciting start,” said Ford. “Access to this caliber of design, with full funding support, means that together—beginning immediately—we can start to envision a state-of-the-art home that rivals the best of the world’s stages.”

    In early 2015, the TheatreSquared Board charged a special community task force to recommend a long-term facilities plan for the company. This task force was supported by the award-winning London-based theatre consultancy Charcoalblue, who traveled to Fayetteville to assess T2’s current rented space. Charcoalblue’s in-depth study, conducted over a period of several months, found significant infrastructure challenges, systemic operating constraints, and an immediate capacity ceiling that will soon limit the company’s growth. Recognizing these challenges—and with a strong desire to offer artists and local audiences a still-higher standard of excellence—the task force made a strong recommendation, which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home.

    In August, TheatreSquared and the City of Fayetteville were awarded a competitive Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to explore potential sites and begin dialogue about creative placemaking. Conversations with city leadership are ongoing.

    The Walton Family Foundation’s newly launched Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program provides financial support to develop space for public purposes, with funds earmarked for all phases of design work. The first pool of designers will be selected by a panel of distinguished professionals. 

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s nationally recognized professional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 30,000 patrons each year in downtown Fayetteville and in schools throughout the state. The company’s recent growth has been exponential—with a tenfold increase in T2’s audience and budget since 2009. With grassroots support, the non-profit company has grown in its first decade to be recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten best emerging theatres. For further information, call(479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

    Wednesday
    Jul152015

    TheatreSquared receives National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant award

    TheatreSquared receives National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant award

    Highly selective grant program will support creative placemaking at NWA's professional theatre 


    Beth Hall Photography

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — July 15, 2015 — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu today announced that Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre has been selected for a significant, $100,000 grant as part of its Our Town initiative, supporting creative placemaking in American communities. This highly competitive award will allow TheatreSquared (T2) to explore its long-term role as an arts-based contributor to the downtown entertainment district and within Fayetteville’s 2025 City Plan.

    “TheatreSquared demonstrates the best in creative community development,” said Chairman Chu. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike." 

     “We’re delighted to be selected for this prestigious grants program—another mark of Northwest Arkansas’s remarkable growth into a vibrant community with arts at its core,” said T2 Executive Director Martin Miller. “Our founding vision states that ‘theatre, done well and with passion, can transform lives and communities.’ This major grant will help us to advance that vision as an integral part of our town and home region.”

    Nationally, 69 Our Town grantees were selected out of a pool of nearly 300 applicants. For more information on the Our Town program, and case studies of more than 70 past participants, visit arts.gov/exploring-our-town or follow #NEAOurTown15 on Twitter.


    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 30,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres.  TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre recently released its Vision 2017 report with its priorities supported by a three-year, $1.03 million grant. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

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    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 10 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 10 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, Fayetteville Flyer, CitiScapes, KUAF, Cox Communications, KNWA and Mailco USA.

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    Thursday
    Apr092015

    TheatreSquared announces Tenth Anniversary Season

    TheatreSquared announces

    TENTH

    ANNIVERSARY

    SEASON

    Ambitious lineup includes
    220 performances, World Premiere
     

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — April 9, 2016 — TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced the Tenth Anniversary Season, an ambitious lineup celebrating ten years of remarkable growth for Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre. The subscription season launches in August with T2’s largest production to date, the modern classic Amadeus (Aug. 27-Sept. 20, 2015), and continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Water by the Spoonful (Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 2015), the wildly theatrical Peter and the Starcatcher—T2’s first co-production with the Arkansas Rep (Dec. 3, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016), the world premiere of Fault (Feb. 4-28, 2016), and the acclaimed new comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn (Mar. 3-Apr. 17, 2016). Four- and five-play subscription packages are on sale now via Tickets Northwest Arkansas at (479) 571-2785 or online at theatre2.org/subscribe.

    In addition to the five-play subscription season, T2 will stage the acclaimed new musical comedy Murder for Two (May 12-29, 2016); will develop five new plays at the 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival (June 16-26, 2016), including a fully staged premiere; and will tour 70 Arkansas schools with the irreverent literary comedy, The Poe Show.

    “We’re celebrating ten years with the most ambitious lineup of plays we’ve yet produced,” said Ford. “Starting with T2’s largest show to date—Amadeus—this bold anniversary season will include a wildly theatrical coproduction with the Arkansas Rep, two Pulitzer and Tony Award-winners, and a world premiere. It’s going to be a landmark year.”

    "We’ve done something unusual in response to a tenfold increase in audience over the last six seasons,” said Miller. “We’ve lowered our ticket prices. We believe our region’s professional theatre should be accessible to every Arkansan, and so for Season 10, our lowest-cost package will be $40 cheaper—five plays for just $70. We’ve also added 30 performances, including a new Wednesday night series, to help keep up with demand.”

    The season begins in August with Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. In this contemporary classic, composer Antonio Salieri schemes to discredit a foul-mouthed former child prodigy who he fears will threaten his legacy. But genius, it seems, is not easily obscured, and Salieri must ask himself how far he will go to destroy the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Winner of five Tony Awards—including Best Play—and the Oscar for Best Picture, Amadeus weaves intrigue, comedy, suspense, and music into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. Performances are August 27 – September 20, 2015.

    In October, TheatreSquared will stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Elliot Ortiz is back from Iraq, working a Subway shop in Philly, and hoping to turn his winning smile into an acting career. Elsewhere, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support facing their demons. When these real and virtual worlds collide, reality splinters, and life itself is at stake in this acclaimed, provocative, and unexpectedly humorous journey to redemption. Performances are October 15 – November 8, 2015.

    For the holiday season, TheatreSquared will produce the five-time Tony Award-winning adventure Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted by Rick Elice from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson with music by Wayne Barker. The play is an innovative retelling of how an angst-ridden orphan became the immortal Peter Pan. Critically acclaimed for its mix of “lighthearted brilliance and existential shadow” (The New Yorker)—with a dozen actors juggling stagecraft, music and 100 characters—T2’s epic-scale co-production with the Arkansas Repertory Theater has something for audiences of every age. The play will open in NWA from December 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016 before continuing its run in Little Rock later in January.

    In the new year, TheatreSquared will stage Fault, a world premiere by T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford (Look Away, The Spiritualist). In the aftermath of nuclear disaster in the Arkansas River Valley, Gabe disregards a government quarantine and returns to his family farm. When a mysterious woman wanders onto his land, the two are drawn inexorably into a perilous contest of secrets and blame. Performances are February 4 – 28, 2016.

    The Tenth Anniversary Subscription Series will conclude with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo. Sparks fly in this “intensely smart, immensely funny” (The New York Times) comedy about women who want to have it all. After grad school, Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic; Gwen built a life with her family. Decades later, a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory. Performances are March 31 – April 24, 2016.

    Subscribers can also add tickets to the multi-award-winning, limited-run musical Murder for Two, which T2 will stage in May. Everyone’s a suspect in this new musical comedy fresh from its national debut, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. A small-town policeman dreams of making it to detective — and one fateful night, his opportunity arrives in the form of a dead Great American Novelist. One actor investigates, the other plays every suspect, and both play the piano in this whip-smart, winking homage to an old-fashioned theatrical murder mystery. Performances are May 12 – 29, 2016.

    Subscribers may also add discounted passes to TheatreSquared’s 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival, the state's flagship celebration of bold new plays, in June 2016. Next year, the festival will include a fully staged premiere, four staged readings of brand new work, and a host of exclusive behind-the-scenes events over two weekends from June 16-26, 2016.

    Tickets for TheatreSquared's Tenth Anniversary Season are on sale now to new and renewing subscribers only. Subscription options include five-play packages starting at $70 and four-play packages starting at $60. Series options include Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Limited tickets are also available to T2’s Opening Night Series on the first Friday of each production, which includes a champagne toast and a catered reception with the cast. Add-on options available for T2 subscribers include discounted reserved parking at the Deck at the Dickson ($3.75/show); a Kids’ Club Pass, allowing a child (4+) to enjoy theatre classes at Nadine Baum Studios while her parents enjoy the play ($15/show); and the Dine Around Pass, which includes three-course meals at downtown restaurants before the first Saturday matinee ($22/show).

    Benefits for all T2 subscribers include savings of up to 15% on each ticket, prime seating reserved before single tickets go on sale, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day discounts at T2 Partners. Partners include Arsaga's at the Depot, offering 20% off entrees; Bordinos, offering a $20 three-course meal with wine pairing; Fresco Restaurant, with a 25% discount; Greenhouse Grille, offering 25% off; Table Mesa, offering a $20 four-course meal with wine; and Cork and Keg, offering 20% off beverages. Subscribers also save 15% on taxi service to and from the theatre with Green Cab Co. and receive 20% off rooms at Dickson Street Inn and a special $89 rate at the Chancellor Hotel.

    Subscriptions are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.

    TheatreSquared’s is Northwest Arkansas’s professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 30,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres.  TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre recently released its Vision 2017 report with its priorities supported by a three-year, $1.03 million grant. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

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    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 10 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 10 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, Fayetteville Flyer, CitiScapes, KUAF, and Mailco USA.