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February 14, 2011

Theatre Precedent (J Grijalva)

Filed under: Theatre Precedents — celladdition @ 8:45 pm

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

AT&T Performing Arts Center: Winspear Opera House | Wyly Theatre | Strauss Square | Sammons Park
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201









Owner: AT&T Performing Arts Center
Architect:  REX|OMA http://www.rex-ny.com
Completion Date:  2009
Gross Square Footage:  80,300 – 12 stories
Total Construction Cost:  $354 million (includes Winspear Opera House, Strauss Square, and Sammons Park)
Seating Capacity:  Up to 600 (depending on configuration)

When architects from REX/OMA conceived Dallas’s Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, they envisioned the ultimate flexible performance space. The building is designed so that the theater’s interior can be radically reconfigured by a small crew of stagehands from a proscenium layout to a thrust-stage arrangement or a flat-floor room in just a few hours. Blackout shades can be pulled up to reveal its three facades of glass and to open the chameleonlike, 109-by-94-foot hall to the city. Auxiliary programmatic elements are piled above and below (but mostly above) the ground-level performance chamber to create a 132-foot-tall tower. Instead of the horizontal layout more typical of theaters, functions are stacked “like a giant game of Jenga,” says John Coyne, a principal of Theatre Projects, the Wyly’s theater consultant.

An unconventional structure, with no interior or corner columns, allows for the theater’s flexibility, as well as its transparency and verticality. The tower rests on six perimeter super columns, four of which incline dramatically, and a perimeter shear wall. A belt truss that spans from levels 4 through 7, augmented by a series of smaller interior trusses, completes the building’s frame.

Below are the various ground floor configurations possible:

The AT&T Performing Arts Center

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is only one venue in the AT&T Perfroming Arts Center that is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Other venues include the 2,200 seat Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, the 5,000 outdoor performance space Annette Strauss Square, and the 10 acre urban park Elaine and Charles Sammon’s Park. The advantages of clustering the venues within a tight geographic area are: to reap the maximum economic, educational, and cultural benefits for each arts entity and for the city of Dallas. The venues host a variety of programs that include contemporary dance and music, touring and community performances, and performance space for local performing arts organizations.

Since its inception on January 26, 2009, the Downtown Arts District has operated under the umbrella of Downtown Dallas Inc. Similar to Albuquerque’s Downtown Action Team, this organization has been a steward of downtown by affecting change by developing strategies, setting targets and mobilizing resources that:

– Stimulate a virbrant and sustainable Downtown
– Improve infrastructure
– Enhance economic competiveness
– Create a culturally inclusive urban center
– Position the area as a global desitination



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