Eastern Illinois University - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Charleston, Illinois, USA
In concert with university leaders and the design team, Schuler Shook helped bring to life this showpiece for the arts. The campus at Eastern Illinois University now boasts a true center for public arts as well as a home for the university's Art and Music/Theatre Arts departments.
This addition and renovation to Doudna Fine Arts Center includes a renovation of the 600-seat Dvorak Concert Hall and an adaptive reuse of an existing drama theatre into a 180-seat recital hall. New performance facilities include a 250-seat theatre, a 125-seat black box theatre, and a 150-seat lecture hall. While each department has its own space, all are under one roof and connected via glass-walled hallways that welcome passersby to stop and watch art being made.
Schuler Shook's theatre planners shaped the performance spaces with the design architect and worked closely with the architectural team to plan the building as well as the technical equipment systems.
Antoine Predock / Cannon Design