[All images via the Alliance Theatre.]
The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center has released details and renderings for their upcoming major overhaul — and they're pretty sick. Plans have been in the works for quite some time to update the aging space that serves as home to the theater company by the same name as well as a range of other stage productions and events. The sleek new look incorporates sinuous wooden railings, LED lighting and many modern conveniences formerly lacking in the space. Not limited to just the items visible to visitors, the renovation will also add new lighting catwalks, rehearsal spaces and flexible performance rooms to the building. The slightly bad news: Designed by New York based Trahan Architects, renovations will take the theater out of commission for the entire 2017-'18 season.
According to an Alliance press release, the displaced performers will find space in venues across the city. Locations that have opened their stages to the wayward artists include Fernbank, Oglethorope's Conant Center and Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts. The transformation will be completed in time for the Alliance Theatre's 50th Anniversary season in 2018, welcoming patrons to a refreshed environment within the aging shell of what was built as the Memorial Arts Center in 1968. With $83 million raised of the $100 million needed to get the ball rolling, the Alliance expects to get renovations cranking in summer of 2017.
· Alliance releases final designs for upcoming transformation; plus details on the 2017/18 off-site season [Alliance Theatre]
· $38M Grant Secures Long-Overdue Facelift for Alliance Theatre [Curbed Atlanta]