The Theatre School, DePaul University
The Theatre School is one of the country’s premier theater conservatories and is the western gateway to the DePaul campus. The building houses the entire program of the school – offices, classrooms, movement and voice rooms, lighting and sound labs, paint and costume shops, and a scene shop on view at street level.
The building’s plan and technical requirements were a result of interviews and careful collaboration with the faculty and staff throughout all phases of the design process. The plan was derived through the faculty’s request for ‘controlled chaos’; each floor level is a unique mix of the school’s program, encouraging connections between students, faculty and visitors.
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Project Architect: Gina Narracci
2015 AIA Chicago Honor Award
2014 Owner’s Choice Award, Chicago Building Congress Construction Owners Association of America
Chicago Tribune, “DePaul University’s New Theater Building Breaks From Routine”
Civil Engineering Magazine, “Curtain Opens on DePaul’s New Theatre School”
Photographs © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO