Pittsburgh Public Theater
O’Reilly Theater 1998
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Client:Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Project Category:Resident Professional Theatres
Architect:Michael Graves
Completion Year:1998
Location:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Acoustician:The Talaske Group
Capacity:650 seats
A new 650-seat proscenium theatre designed for this successful professional repertory company replaces the home in which the company was established and grew. This handsome new theatre has helped to realize several of PPT's important goals. Most significant among them was the need for larger seating capacity resulting from a shift in artistic direction towards a Georgian-style proscenium style house.

FDA worked with Artistic Director Edward Gilbert over the course of two years to develop a building program, explore various design options, and design and develop the final theatre form.  Following architectural selection, FDA collaborated with architect Michael Graves to incorporate the theatre into a larger mixed-use building also designed by the Graves firm.

The theater is part of a comprehensive arts-oriented, mixed-use downtown development program envisioned by and being carried out under the direction of the non-profit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The next stages of this program call for a series of public art projects with light as the centerpiece, designed to give a cohesive and inviting character to the Cultural District.