In celebration of their 40th anniversary and continued growth, Charleston Stage reached out to The Middleton Group to design a new space for the theatre’s expansion into West Ashley. The 10,000 sf facility houses an intimately-sized 140 seat theatre, rehearsal studios, instructional space, and offices for theatre staff, all organized around an open lobby area. The design provides high quality theatre space through the thoughtful layout of the program and using the inherent qualities and materials of the existing building.
The layout of the project proved to be a challenge due to the unique corner footprint of the upfit space, which had previously been a drug store. The front of the building was improved with new punched openings, and spaces for marquees add light and interest. The shape of the theatre space was derived from the need to improve acoustics in the space and add architectural interest. This allowed us to also create pockets of spaces around the theatre for people to gather before and after shows. Sound-proofing on the theater walls allows for all three major spaces to be used simultaneously.