Second Stage
Tony Kiser Theater 1999
Client:Second Stage
Project Category:Resident Professional Theatres
Architect:Rem Koolhaas
Arch. of Record:Gluckman Mayner
Completion Year:1999
Location:New York, New York
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Capacity:299 seats
Joshua Dachs, who designed Second Stage's original 99-seat space on upper Broadway, searched New York City's Theatre District with Artistic Director Carole Rothman to find a second theatre space. He then partnered with architects Rem Koolhaas and Richard Gluckman to design this new theatre.

The company moved into the circa 1927, four-story former bank building at Eighth Avenue and 43rd Street in late 1999. The south side of the building still retains three large original windows which have since been acoustically treated to prevent street noise from filtering in to the theatre (they disappear behind full length drapes when the performance begins). The critically praised and economical design uses the original bank vault as the theatre's box office suite and the main banking area for the theatre itself.

There is no permanent stage or proscenium, which allows directors and designers the flexibility to invent specific set arrangements for each production.  A pipe grid for stage lighting fixtures extends the full length and width of the auditorium, providing stage lighting designers the same flexibility. Black wood seats are fitted with resilient seat covers made from a material originally developed for bicycle seats: they are both comfortable and cool.