Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy are the architects at work on a new Brooklyn venue for the Theater for a New Audience. The nonprofit company’s artistic director, Jeffrey Horowitz, unveiled the theater design Thursday at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn.
The site for TFANA’s new $35.8 million, 299-seat flexible theater is across Lafayette Avenue from the center, which is part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District.
TFANA, which specializes in productions of Shakespeare’s plays, has long been without a permanent home.
Gehry and Hardy’s exterior design for the theater includes large stainless-steel shingles with angled panes of glass. From Flatbush Avenue, pedestrians will be able to look through a four-story expanse of glass into the venue’s lobby and its two curvilinear levels and stairs.
Inspired by the Cottesloe Theater of London’s National Theater, the stage is a rectangular space that combines aspects of an Elizabethan courtyard and a flexible contempo auditorium.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was present at the unveiling. The new theater is part of his administration’s plans to transform downtown Brooklyn into a mixed-use district, which includes the expansion of the BAM CD, development of the Atlantic Yards and rezoning of the area.