To adapt to changes in the live theatre market, the 1800-seat Toronto Centre for the Arts has been divided into two venues: a 300-seat black box theatre and a 574-seat proscenium theatre. The former occupies the stage and fly tower of the previous configuration. The larger room adapts the seating and balconies and adds a new stage. Creating distinct, sound-isolated theatrical environments while working with as much of the existing framework as possible drove the innovation to repurpose the facility and to realize the transformation in a sustainable manner and on a relatively modest budget.
Chevron-shaped fabric panels on a structural steel and tubular steel support system form the curved perimeter of the larger Lyric Theatre. Programmable LED lights enhance this bold geometric pattern to allow for new forms of creative expression that can envelope the entire room in colour wash and movement in response to the dramaturgy. The lighting of each chevron panel can be controlled separately and presents infinite possibilities of expression.