project details

Client
University of Virginia

Architect
William Rawn Associates

Theatre Consultant
Theatre Projects Consultants

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University of Virginia, Ruth Caplin Thrust Theater

An academic theatre addition to the Drama Department's primary building, the 300-seat Caplin pushes into a hillside and beyond a few boundaries. It wraps its audience more than halfway around the stage, and, in turn wraps the seats with a glass wall overlooking the marching band's main route to the practice field. A unique curtain wall invites a look into the theatre from the quad while keeping rogue euphonia out of play. Flexible AV systems coupled with infrastructure that laces the room allow the same components to serve theatrical effects, full-on music theatre, a summertime film festival, and even the occasional concert.