Ethel Holden Brownstone Center

Pearl River Community College

Poplarville, MS

Bill Conner Associates LLC worked closely with architect Lewis Griffin AIA and the owner to develop this well equipped Performing Arts Center just northeast of New Orleans.  The theatre is a cozy, 900 seat space with a balcony.  A full rigging system, orchestra pit with manual filler system, complete lighting system were all designed in coordination with the AV and Acoustics consultant and other team members.  This facility is surely a jewel of this growing campus.

View a video created "on the sly" just before opening.

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Architect Robert G. Bohlman selected Bill Conner Associates LLC as theatre consultant for this 66,000 square-foot university chapel situated at the center and main entrance of the campus.  It will serve for twice weekly all-campus chapel services as well as hosting cultural events originated by the university and a guest artist series.  A split level design helps divide the seating into smaller areas as well as provide closer reflective surfaces, space for air distribution and support space.  The facility includes a 3,000 seat chapel, rear projection rooms, warm-up rooms, an organ loft and control rooms.

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Sullivant Hall  -  The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

BCA is proud to have been invited by the College of Arts & Sciences and local architect Acock Design to participate in the renovation of Sullivant Hall, fitting out a new space for the school's cutting edge dance program.  When contracted the project was already underway, waiting for funds to complete the planned flexible dance theatre.  BCA refined the early design work to improve the tension wire grid plan, develop storage and seating systems and a complete lighting control system as well as supplemental rigging.  This space became the Barnett Theatre.

Just down the hall from the Barnett Theatre is a creative lab space combining OSU's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACAAD) and the dance division.  This highly capable dance studio has extensive support for lighting and video recording for the unique word done by the students in this department.  Working with the staff and architect, BCA worked to fit out the studio with curtains, track, lighting and other equipment to support the work.

Video​ of the opening event

Video from IAStage on Tension Wire Grid

Eastern New Mexico University

Portales, NM

Van H. Gilbert Architects of Albuquerque contracted BCA to assist with the design of a remodeled Buchanan Recital Hall at ENMU. The existing room did not support the mission of the Music Department and required a complete remodel. Also in the scope of work was an addition to house a new music rehearsal room and other support spaces.

BCA designed the auditorium space including new seating and stage arrangements. Working with the acousticians Stan Roller Associates, a reflector ceiling was designed with integrated house and stage lighting. A new dimmer rack with control stations was also included. In the music rehearsal space a system of adjustable acoustic curtains surrounds the room, allowing the users to tailor the reverberation time within the room to their needs.

This project was completed in 2010.

Houston Baptist University

Houston TX

Working as the theatre consultant to Studio Red Architects of Houston, Bill Conner Associates LLC provided design services for two performance spaces.  The new Cultural Arts Center for the campus includes a 1,200-seat theatre for large scale performances.  The smaller 365-seat chapel/recital hall includes a round floor plan and a vast expanse of windows.  Motorized curtains concealed behind decorative screens in this smaller hall help control sound absorption.  BCA provided the rigging, curtains, and lighting as well as seating design services for this project.

Edgewood College

Madison WI

Edgewood College had a very active theatre program but needed better and more flexible space after years of working in a basement. Bill Conner Associates LLC worked with architects Potter Lawson to design a new home for the Department of Theatre Arts. This flexible space is in a new Center for Visual and Theatre Arts which is now known as “The Stream”. The space allowed for theatre function was very compact and creative solutions were required.

Taking a step beyond the basic black box theatre space, this facility has catwalks to improve access to lighting and for ad hoc rigging. Because this is an educational facility, the faculty also wanted to include some rigging which could be used for both teaching and production. Two motorized line sets are included at one end of the room, near the scene shop entry. Seating configuration is easily changed from end stage to thrust to arena or any thing else the users dream. A side gallery for circulation at stage level from the dressing area makes entrances more convenient for performers.

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