Lawrence Toppman

Actor’s Theatre finds a new home for 2016-17 – and beyond

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte envisions new uses for the rooftop of a 4,500-square-foot building on the new Freedom Drive property. It’s adjacent to the one that will contain their mainstage shows.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte envisions new uses for the rooftop of a 4,500-square-foot building on the new Freedom Drive property. It’s adjacent to the one that will contain their mainstage shows. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte announced today that it has found a home for the 2016-17 season: the building formerly occupied by Paradox Films and Digital at 2219 Freedom Drive, near Wesley Heights and the Berryhill Road intersection. The company plans to move in immediately and prepare for its initial show, a title yet to be announced that’s expected to run in mid-autumn.

ATC had expected to do its next season in a facility off Louise Avenue, until rising entry costs and the withdrawal of a construction company sank that deal. Its collapse ultimately meant good news: Artistic director Chip Decker says the new location requires hardly any upfitting before ATC moves in.

“Paradox used this as a studio to shoot commercials and films, and that space is ready to go for our stage,” says Decker. “We will have slightly fewer seats, maybe 160 to 170, but we can make up for that by adding shows.”

The most impressive aspect of the property may be the 4,500-square-foot building that lies across the parking lot. ATC will use that space for set construction and storage, but Decker wants to invite local theater companies without permanent homes to work and rehearse there. He’d like the top of that building to become “a three-season outdoor theater” for such companies, once the mainstage season is running smoothly for ATC.

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