Writers Theatre Breaks Ground

AMS was proud to be present for the ground-breaking for the new Theatre Center of Writers Theatre on October 21. The celebratory event, attended by a capacity crowd of trustees, donors, artists, and project designers and consultants, marked the beginning of construction.

AMS has been advising and supporting the organization and the initiative since 2008.

Writers Theatre Ground Breaking

L to R: Elaine Tinberg, Co-Chair, On to a Next Stage campaign; Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director; Jeanne Gang, Principal, Studio Gang; Steven A. Wolff, Principal, AMS Planning & Research Corp.; and Kate Lipuma, Executive Director.

Located on Chicago’s North Shore, the 36,000-square-foot theatre center  is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Among the key features in the new center:

  • The 250-seat Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre purposefully designed to maintain Writers Theatre’s hallmark intimacy;
  • The Gillian Theatre, a 50 to 99-seat flexible theatre space that pays tribute to Writers Theatre’s first performance space at Books on Vernon in Glencoe;
  • A “Theatre in a Park” atmosphere, with patron access to surrounding parks, outdoor rooftop terraces, landscaped and rooftop gardens, and beautifully integrated views of existing parks to the east and west;
  • A spacious main lobby, with many patron amenities, that functions as a central gathering area, where audience members and students will enjoy supplementary artistic, family and educational programs; and
  • A luminous grand gallery walk, structured entirely from wood by renowned engineer Peter Heppel, suspended around the lobby and serving as viewing area and “front porch” to the building.

Learn more about the project on the Writers Theatre website, or in this article from Curbed Chicago.

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