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TWU plans new, state-of-the-art Redbud Theater

5/19/06


Click here for model photos of the new Redbud Theater

DENTON — After more than two years of taking the show on the road, the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will come home next spring to a revitalized section of a historic campus building.

Construction of a 19,000-square-foot, 120-seat theater will begin soon in what was once the Northwest Dining Room of Hubbard Hall. The theater, which will bear the name Redbud Theater in honor of TWU’s longtime drama facility, is scheduled to open with a gala event in spring 2007. The $3.2 million project was designed by Bottino Grund Architects of New York and Austin.

“We’ve been fairly resourceful in performing ‘on location’ during the past two and a half years, but for drama to have a home is a thrill for us,” said Sharon Benge, director of TWU’s drama program.

A TWU facilities assessment in 2004 identified the need to retire the original Redbud Theater, the drama program's home since 1960. The program then began staging productions at venues in Denton, Dallas, Fort Worth and even Dublin, Ireland. That production, titled “The Long March,” was performed in the Greenwich Street Theatre New York City in March of this year.

“I loved (the original) Redbud, but it was built in the 1960s, and technology has changed over the years,” Ms. Benge said. “The new theater will be a state-of-the-art facility.”

The theater will feature practice rooms, a make-up classroom, conference rooms and faculty offices, as well a scene shop, a costume shop and laundry, storage and more. A handicapped-accessible entry to be added at the east end will maintain the historic character of Hubbard Hall’s exterior. Elements reminiscent of the original Redbud Theater — including a full-length undulating wall in the lobby as well as colored glass panels —also are included in the design.

“The new theater will have vitality,” Ms. Benge said. “I give credit to the creative skills of the architects and Harold Johnson (director of TWU Facilities Management) and his staff. They listened to the faculty regarding what we need for our students and designed a space to fit those needs.”

Ms. Benge also noted the support of TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart, who suggested redesigning the Hubbard Hall space for a theater and also provided university funds for the project. A campaign currently is under way to raise additional funds for the new theater.

“The drama program is a strong and vital part of Texas Woman’s University,” Chancellor Stuart said. “The new theater will showcase the abundant talent of our students and faculty while also serving as a classroom in which students can learn their craft. Its central location will bring theater patrons to the heart of this beautiful campus.”

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