52nd Street Project
Five Angels Theater 2009
Client:The 52nd Street Project
Project Category:Studio Theatres
Architect:BKSK Archiects
Completion Year:2009
Location:New York, New York
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Building Size:17,000 s.f.
Capacity:156 seats
The new Five Angels Theatre for the 52nd Street Project, a not-for-profit group dedicated to underserved students in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, was designed to serve every aspect of their mission. From "living room" storytelling and classroom presentations, to student theatre and professional rentals, to special events and receptions, the two-floor space cleverly does it all.

The theatre features a wire rope grid above the entire performance area. Like a strung tennis racket, cables stretched over steel frames create a fully walkable grid. This sophisticated technical structure is especially suited for the 52nd Street Project, as it allows for students to learn the craft of lighting design and scenic design from a completely safe working platform high above the stage, without needing to use lifts or ladders.  An automated tribune of retractable seating risers serves as the main seating area of the theatre. Able to quickly open or close to create a flat floor or a raked section of 144 seats, the risers allow the Project to minimize their labor costs and reduce the time needed to reconfigure the room between events.