New CFAC Week 68: Theatre lab

March 1, 2016

NewCFAC_Week68 As construction progresses on the new Centre for Arts and Culture, three separate performance venues—each with a unique purpose and set of benefits—take shape inside. One of the venues that crews have been working on is the theatre lab, also known as a black box theatre. The smallest of the three venues, the theatre lab will have space for over 150 seats.

A black box theatre is a small, intimate venue that hosts productions that are typically pared down in terms of set construction and technical elements. As the term “theatre lab” suggests, black box productions are often a little more experimental in nature than typical theatre performances. Having a black box theatre in addition to the more traditional proscenium theatre will allow CFAC students to try out different performance and production styles, and will also allow two productions to be staged at once. This has an obvious payoff for students, who will emerge from the program with greater perspective and depth of experience. The theatre lab may also be used as a rehearsal and set-up space for performances in the proscenium theatre.

Last week, crews also continued curtainwall installation on the southwest side of the building. Mechanical and electrical room walls were primed and painted.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 241 workers
  • 14,670 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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