Trahan Architects

Trahan Architects

New Orleans, LA


Alliance Theatre Transformation

The Alliance Theatre, founded in 1968, is a Tony award-winning regional theatre located within the celebrated Woodruff Arts Center campus. The initial phase of work focuses on the chamber, its lobby and artistic support facilities which will be gutted to the original concrete enclosing walls. The transformation pulls the 650 seat chamber 10’ closer to stage. The planning of the chamber optimizes site lines, utilizes ramping in lieu of lifts and integrates stairs to provide access to all levels. Each surface is tuned acoustically to deliver world class theatre to its patrons.

The design team felt a responsibility to remove the separation between balcony and orchestra – challenging historic notions of segregation and discrimination. All seating zones can be accessed from every entrance within the chamber – a unifying planning feature of the Alliance Theatre Transformation.

Trahan Architects assembled a world class team to implement handcrafted steam bending techniques and artistry on an architectural scale. From concept to construction the project demonstrates innovation through collaboration between Artist, Architect, & Fabricator.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Atlanta, GA, US
Firm Role: Design Architect
Additional Credits: Matthias Pliessnig; Uzun + Case; Theatre Projects Consultants; Talaske Group; DLB Associates Consulting Engineers; Cost+Plus; Fisher Marantz Stone; Thirst; Jensen Hughes; Lerch Bates

Alliance Theatre - A Master Class in Design & Prefabrication Collaboration