The two-story, 40,000-square-foot addition will extend along and beyond the entire west side of the original I.M. Pei structure. On the ground floor, adjacent to the public entrance and café, will be a multi-purpose room that can serve as a classroom by day and as a place for pre-concert talks and post-performance receptions by night. Also on this level will be large art studios for a variety of three-dimensional creations, including ceramics and sculptures made of plaster, wood, metal and mixed media. A dedicated shop for painting theatre drops and set pieces will be included at this level, as will a climate controlled corridor connecting Rockefeller Arts Center to the School of Music spaces in neighboring Mason Hall. This will allow personnel and delicate musical instruments to travel conveniently and safely between the two buildings in all kinds of weather.
The second floor of the addition will include three dance studios. The largest of these, located at the northwest corner directly above the public entrance and café, will double as a performance space, accommodating up to 120 people with customized retractable seating. Offices for the members of the dance faculty will also be included, as will lavatories and changing rooms with showers for faculty and students in the dance program. The theatre program will also gain two much-needed acting studios on this level. The rooms will serve as classrooms by day and as rehearsal halls at night, allowing productions to be rehearsed in spaces equal to the size of the theatres in which they will take place.
Renovated and re-purposed areas of the current building include new digital design labs and drafting studios for the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, a reorganization of the northwest entrance to Marvel Theatre which will connect it to the new café, and a conversion of the Student Commons to new administrative offices for Rockefeller Arts Center.
In the new addition, rooms of particular interest include:
Portions of the existing building will be renovated to house the following: