The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency (GAAR) is a community-based organization that provides cultural, economic, and artistic opportunities for the residents of the northeast Kingdom. Since 2005, they have staged performances as tent shows. Due to the limitations of producing shows outside, performances are only held during the months of July and August. GAAR desired a performing arts complex that could serve the community year-round.
GAAR retained the services of H3 to design a new state-of-the-art facility. The building is intended to be a cultural connector between Greensboro and the rest of the community and accommodates use as a community space by other organizations.
Inspired by Elizabethan theaters, the design of the theater ensures that the building does not intrude on the local environment. The performing arts complex includes a 300-seat theater, support areas, and a cafe.
CLIENT: Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency
SIZE: 25,000 square feet
COST: $7 million