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THE HILL THEATRE, AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE – Spring Green, Wisconsin
The strength of APT is the quality of the performers. The open-air design of the Hill Theatre challenges performers to project their voice for all to hear, but the 2017-renovation made their roles easier. Acoustic improvements to the famed outdoor repertory theatre have been balanced with the desire to maintain the traditional qualities of the space. The stage layout was developed with consideration of sound reflection to audience members. The seating layout most-distant patrons has been reduced by 20 degrees. Shelves on the surrounding walls direct sound to distant patrons. Audio systems and control upgrades support effects and the hearing impaired. As in the past, the patron experience begins with a pleasant walk through a hardwood forest and ends with the finest outdoor theatre available. Cost: $7.7M. Completion: 2017
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE                    ARCHITECT: Strang Inc.

ALLEN THEATRE, PLAYHOUSESQUARE – Cleveland, Ohio
As part of Cleveland’s famed 4-theatre PlayhouseSquare, the 90’s renovation of the Allen Theatre resulted in new stage and back of house spaces, but the 2,000-seat house remained sub-par. The stage assets were kept but the balcony and underbalcony areas were converted to a lobby and a new 500-seat theatre was inserted. TALASKE provided acoustics and theatre planning services for the hybrid vineyard/proscenium theatre configuration with excellent speech clarity. The Allen is complimented by 250- and 125-seat theatre spaces shared with Cleveland State University. Cost: $30M. Completion: 2012.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Westlake Reed Leskosky

ARENA STAGE – Washington, D.C.
This pioneer in American regional theatre has renovated its famed 820-seat Fichandler stage and 500-seat Kreeger modified thrust stage theatres. Acoustic changes provide excellent non-reinforced speech; new state-of-the-art audio systems support artistic possibilities. The new 250-seat Cradle, with an acoustically challenging elliptical shape, nurtures new American theatre. Cost: $110M. Completion: 2010.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Bing Thom Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates

GUTHRIE THEATRE – Minneapolis, Minnesota
The new Guthrie Theater was designed to expand the performance capabilities of this legendary theatre company. More than 30 spaces in the three-theatre complex are designed to meet critical acoustical, sound isolation and audio systems needs. The new 1,100-seat thrust stage, 700-seat proscenium and 250-seat studio theatres will support classic, modern and experimental productions. Cost: $125M. Completion: 2006.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE with Kahle Acoustics
ARCHITECT: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Architectural Alliance
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates and ducks scéno

SIGNATURE THEATRE – Arlington, Virginia
This growing repertory company moved from found space to a purpose-built facility in a thriving exurban area. Located above the community library and under Pentagon flight paths, the theatre complex required effective sound isolation. Acoustic and audio designs of the 330-seat and 150-seat theatres create flexibility for drama and musical performances. Cost: $7M. Completion: 2007.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Incorporated)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Cosler Theatre Design

AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE – Spring Green, Wisconsin
American Players Theatre, well known for their outdoor Shakespearean summer performances, hired TALASKE to help them expand their capabilities with a 12,000-square-foot indoor facility featuring a 200-seat thrust theatre, rehearsal hall and other support spaces. The goal of the project was to create an artistically friendly and economically successful facility for programming to include actor-based repertory theatre, dense poetic texts, and classical and American drama. Cost: $1.8M. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE with Kahle Acoustics
ARCHITECT: Strang, Inc.
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE – Memphis, Tennessee
Playhouse on the Square, Memphis’ resident theatre company, expanded by building a 411-seat theatre and performance space. The project included construction of a 21,000-square-foot theatre and renovation of an existing 35,000-square-foot building. TALASKE provided acoustics consulting for the theatre and two rehearsal rooms, in addition to audio and video consulting services for both front of house and back of house spaces. Cost: $10M. Completion: 2009.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

GOODMAN THEATRE – Chicago, Illinois
After 75 years in an increasingly outmoded home, this theatre moved to the North Loop Theatre District. Developed over a subway and near elevated tracks, the two-theatre complex required extensive acoustic design, sound isolation and noise control. The 820-seat proscenium and 400-seat adjustable courtyard theatres feature acoustic environments suitable for the acclaimed company. Cost: $28M. Completion: 2000.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE with Wilson Ihrig & Associates
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, DLK Architecture and McClier
THEATRE CONSULTANT: : Theatre Projects Consultants

CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE – Chicago, Illinois
This theatre complex, with a 550-seat courtyard and 120-seat studio theatres, has gained national attention for its architectural, acoustical and audio design. Elevated above Chicago’s busy Navy Pier, the theaters require noise isolation from the traffic, entertainment and visitor events. Acoustics and audio systems were designed for the changing needs of inventive theatrical productions. Cost: $24M. Completion: 1999.
ACOUSTICS AND AUDIO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Stantec (formerly VOA Associates Incorporated)
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultant

HARTFORD STAGE – Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Stage Company, one of the leading non-profit resident theatres in the nation, renovated their home in the 489-seat John W. Huntington Theatre. The project included expanding the lobby and public spaces, reconfiguring the rear of the theatre for additional seating and production spaces, and replacing the performance audio and video systems, lobby paging and callback systems. Cost: $9M. Completion: 2010.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE with Dr. Robert Celmer, Associated Acoustics Consultant
ARCHITECT: Mitchell Kurtz Architect PC
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE – Chicago, Illinois
Steppenwolf actors, who developed their talents and style by working within small found theatre spaces, demanded the same degree of intimacy when planning a dedicated facility. Extensive noise control measures eliminate noises from the busy urban site, and sensitive acoustic designs support non-amplified performances within 500-seat and 150-seat theatres. Costs: $7M. Completion: 1991.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: James, Morris & Kutyla with Lisec & Biederman
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Theatre Projects Consultants and Kevin Rigdon

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE – Chicago, Illinois
The creation of an effective black box performance space within Chicago’s Water Tower, a working pumping station, started with rigorous acoustic isolation of the theatre spaces from the noisy pumping rooms. Home to a repertory company known for creative staging, the theatre was designed for flexibility. Carefully designed room acoustics, audio and video systems create an optimal environment for any imaginable configuration of stage and audience seating (up to a 270-seat maximum). Cost: $8M. Completion: 2003.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Children’s Theatre Company, one of the leading professional theatre companies for young people, undertook a 45,000-square-foot expansion and renovation to house a second theatre, classrooms, dance studio and rehearsal rooms. The Cargill Theatre, a fully configurable space seating up to 298, was programmed for teens and preschoolers, two groups considered to be underrepresented. This theatre is capable of quiet intimacy for preschool audiences, as well as energetic productions with nonstop music to engage the teenagers.
Cost: $24M. Completion: 2005.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Michael Graves & Associates with RSP Architects
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Trizart Alliance

BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATRE – Chicago, Illinois
Growing from a small community organization to an internationally recognized institution, the company realized the need to move from their theatre space in a shared community building to a dedicated facility. A new building houses the main 300-seat theatre and lobby spaces, while a renovation of the adjacent building provides space for offices, as well as a future studio theatre and rehearsal room. The audio system and acoustic design accommodate speech reinforcement, as well as music reinforcement for the live band found on-stage for most performances. Cost: TBD. Completion: 2011.
ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Morris Architects Planners
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook

O’REILLY THEATRE – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Primarily intended as a home for the Pittsburgh Public Theater, O’Reilly is an acoustically adjustable room that also accommodates chamber music performances. Acoustic and noise control design of the facility helped create a 650-seat theatre and rehearsal/performance halls that are a important elements in Pittsburgh’s cultural district. Cost: $16M. Completion: 1999.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Michael Graves & Associates
THEATRE CONSULTANT: Fisher Dachs Associates
AUDIO CONSULTANT: Audio Systems Group

ACT – A CONTEMPORARY THEATRE – Seattle, Washington
The adaptive reuse of an historic building for a growing Seattle theatre company required carefully planned room acoustics and acoustic isolation. A cavernous ballroom was transformed into an intimate 350-seat arena theatre located above a 350-seat thrust stage theatre. Control of intruding noise from upper level rehearsal and shop spaces offers disturbance-free practices and performances. Cost: $18M. Completion: 1996.
ACOUSTICS: TALASKE
ARCHITECT: Callison
THEATRE CONSULTANTS: Theatre Projects Consultants and Armand Marion

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