Muntu Dance Theater Chicago

Chicago, IL

The project was to be located in the south Chicago community of Lawndale, a key component in the revitalization of a residential community currently short on strong cultural institutions. 

Conceived as part of a new arts corridor, Muntu’s site was situated across the street from Little Black Pearl, a youth art center, and in close proximity to the Hyde Park Arts Center, a community art exhibition center.

The project presented several unique challenges to the design team including:

 

  • The reuse of existing concrete footings and steel

  • A tight budget and schedule

  • A multidisciplinary design-build team was assembled to present cost options and work with Muntu to assure that their operational needs were addressed 

  • A key to the team’s success was the close collaboration between Krueck + Sexton and the theater and lighting consultant

The new facility included a 400+ seat performing arts theater, a 100 seat black-box theater, and three dance rehearsal studios.
 

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