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University of Southern Indiana Teaching Theater


Project Name

University of Southern Indiana Teaching Theater

Location

Evansville, IN

Owner

University of Southern Indiana

Architect

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

Project Name

University of Southern Indiana Teaching Theater

Location

Evansville, IN

Owner

University of Southern Indiana

Architect

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

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University Southern Indiana Teaching Theater during a play rehearsal
University Southern Indiana Teaching Theater Interior, empty seats with a piano on the stage.
University Southern Indiana Teaching Theater Interior, view from the stage looking into the stands
University Southern Indiana Teaching Theater Interior, performing arts theater view from the stands
University Southern Indiana Teaching Theater Exterior

The University of Southern Indiana’s 300-seat teaching theater is a thrust stage, with the audience wrapping 180-degrees.

The main challenge of a thrust theater is to provide clear, intelligible sound to the entire audience, even though the actor will invariably be facing away from some portion of the audience much of the time. Sound-absorbing and sound-reflecting materials were carefully located in the room to control reverberation for maximal speech intelligibility, and to redirect sound to the audience. The location, extent, and specification of the sound reflectors and sound-absorbing surfaces are critical; these were designed in careful coordination with an extensive lighting catwalk scheme and other features. Interestingly, some of the acoustical reflectors are made from car parts which were manufactured at a local Toyota factory.

Working with Holzman Moss Bottino architects and Theatre Projects, Acentech provided acoustics consulting for room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical systems noise control for the theater, lobby, dressing rooms, green room, box office and offices. Acentech also provided audiovisual systems design consulting, including the overall production communication system as well as video monitors and projectors that are routed all around the theater.

In addition, noise control was a critical concern. The building features double walls between the mechanical room and the stage, and an under-floor supply air scheme designed to deliver air noiselessly, ensuring carefully calculated noise and vibration control measures.

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