The 10,000-square-foot center is located in the Ashley Landing shopping center in the triangle between Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charlestowne Drive and Old Towne Road. It’s double the size of the theater company’s current Mount Pleasant studio, which it will give up once the new space is ready in late spring 2018.The theater center will include two rehearsal rooms, a small theater of about 120 fixed seats and offices for 14 educational staff members. It will accommodate all of the company’s students and host rehearsals and small-scale productions produced by Charleston Stage. “We’ve been planning to expand for a long time,” said Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage founder and producing artistic director. The space, a former CVS drugstore in a strip mall, is secured with a seven-year lease and will require several months of construction before it’s ready for use. The Middleton Group Architecture Studio is providing the design plans.
Charleston Stage was founded by Wiles in 1978 as a youth theater. Over the years it has become a cornerstone of the city’s theater scene. The company has produced 303 shows, including 29 world premieres, some authored by Wiles. It now operates with a $2.5 million annual budget and full-time staff of 25.
Source: The Post and Courier