A ceremonial groundbreaking this past Wednesday set the stage for this highly anticipated triumph for the theatre arts at DePaul.
Designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli (best known for the Petronas Towers in Malaysia), the new Theatre School building will be a proud statement for the community. “DePaul is known for reaching out to the community and our design supports this objective,” said Cesar Pelli, FAIA, senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli.
The design boasts a 250-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat flexible (black box) theatre, and a complete scene shop. John Culbert, dean of The Theatre School: “When you attend a performance at the new building, you won’t just step off the street into the theater. You will actually journey through the school, see its inner workings, be immersed in an experience not available anywhere else in Chicago.”
The facility will be located at the northwest corner of Fullerton and Racine on the Lincoln Park Campus.
Please enjoy photos from the groundbreaking event, along with architectural renderings of the space: