The Louis Theater Project

Project: Research project

Project Details


Perfect Opportunity
TIC opened in 1979-80, and since that time we have been able to upgrade the Louis Theater in
several respects, installing improved lighting and sound and renovating the lobby area. In 2015,
when the new Music and Communication Building opens, the Theater Department faculty offices will be relocated to the new space, and the TIC will undergo a significant renovation. As part of this
sweeping project, we need to improve accessibility for our audiences. In the Louis Theater, these
improvements will include:
• Replacing the seating and adding a center aisle — currently, the theater is designed with
continental seating configuration, with no center aisle, making it difficult for audience members
to reach center seats, especially for older visitors and those with mobility issues.
• Addressing the rake, or the incline of the theater from back to front — the pitch is
currently too steep and needs to be leveled for our patrons to safely navigate it.
• Using ergonomically designed seating — providing more back support and making it easier to
sit for long periods of time.
• Complying with ADA requirements for accessible seating — designating areas for wheelchairs
and handicapped seats at locations throughout the theater.

As we work to support our students and attract diverse audiences to see exciting performance work,
these upgrades to the interior of the theater will be critical. Thank you for considering this
request to help us improve the Louis Theater as we undertake our planned renovation of TIC.

Expendable Funding for Louis Theater Improvements $250,000
Your gift would provide funding for replacing all the seats in the Louis Theater as well as modifications to increase accessibility and comfort for the theater’s patrons. These improvements will dramatically enhance the audience experience in what is one of the School’s most vital performance venues.
Effective start/end date12/1/1311/30/15


  • Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation (Award Letter 11/26/13)


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