Alabama School of Fine Arts – Dorothy Jemison Day Theater

New 19,212-SF building addition houses a multi-purpose performing arts auditorium to support the theater, dance and music programs for one of the top private arts-centered high Schools in the country.  In addition to serving the school’s academic, technical instruction and arts programming, the facility serves as a primary performance venue to many Birmingham community arts organizations.  The 500-seat theater offers a fully-rigged stage house and state-of-the-art performance systems. 

AD’s team collaborated on acoustics and performance systems (audio and video).  While first and foremost a theater, the design includes unique elements that accommodate music without any compromise to its support of theatrical productions.  Design elements included an acoustically transparent zone between stage house from the audience chamber and adjustable acoustic elements to accommodate the broad range of programming and performance genres anticipated.

Alabama School of Fine Arts

Birmingham, AL

Project Type
New Construction

$10 Million

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500-seat theater showcases music, dance and theatrical talent of top private arts-centered high Schools in the country and as a primary venue for local community arts organizations.   WebPhoto2_ASFAmusic   WebPhoto1_ASFA

The new theater is more than a place to perform.  It serves as an important tool to showcase and develop talent and has also proven to a be a strong recruiting tool. From attracting students, faculty and artistic collaborations, the School is receiving more attention from donors and top secondary education institutions  as a cultural resource.