The Stephen Gaynor School is a Pre-K through Grade Eight independent school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that specializes in serving bright students with learning differences. To create a permanent space for its arts education and theater productions, the School embarked on the planning for a Performing Arts Center that could provide flexibility in accommodating a variety of different programs.
The Performing Arts Center features a flexible, 299-seat telescopic seating system, professional grade audio visual equipment and theater lighting, green room, and acoustic treatments to accommodate high quality productions. The retractable seating feature allows the facility to transform into a bright, spacious movement and dance space for students. A music room and other ancillary spaces are also part of the program. The project was phased to allow the School to maintain ongoing operations during construction.