Ryerson’s new performance theatre and educational space is now open! Occupancy began in late September with a full move-in completed by the end of October, enabling the University’s School of Performance to stage its first production, Clown 2016, in the new space on October 27.
The theatre’s marquee over the Yonge Street Box Office and entrance is expected to be installed by the end of December, while a handful of the normal finishing touches and adjustments within the new space are soon wrapping up.
Highlights of this flexible-seating theatre include state-of-the-art sound and LED lighting technology; in fact, procurement and installation of these elements were scheduled for as close to opening as possible to ensure the University could select the most up-to-the-minute technologies available within the project budget. In addition to high-calibre performance, the new systems feature much lower heat loads and require considerable less energy use than conventional lighting and sound systems. Another feature of the project has been the careful efforts to optimize the lighting and air circulation systems for a facility that is fully contained within another building.
Special thanks to the project’s architectural firm, Zeidler Partnership Architects, as well as the entire project team which worked tirelessly to ensure the construction of the new theatre and educational space forged ahead smoothly within the fully-operational and very busy Student Learning Centre, with minimal disruption. And particular kudos are due to the Faculty User Group at Ryerson’s School of Performance for their collaborative spirit and terrific efforts at every stage of the project from design to move-in.