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Renovating an Award Winning, Non-profit Theatre

Round House, Bethesda


Project summary


The Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland is one of the region’s leading non-profit theatres staging six shows a season including ambitious original work to modern classics and musicals to over 40,000 visitors a year. Originally named “Street ‘70’”, the company was established as a performance-based educational outreach programme of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. In 1993, the institution was renamed Round House after their circular premises and incorporated as a non-profit. Since then they have grown into the current independent professional theatre.


Now, with the company’s ambitious outreach programme larger than ever, their 400-seat theatre needs renovation. Charcoalblue is working on a design to help the company make their space work harder for them and to better reflect their creative ambitions and sensibilities. This includes making the space more intimate by removing excess volume and bringing people closer to the stage. We are also reducing the capacity from 400 to 300-350. In addition to theatre consultancy we are providing comprehensive acoustics consultancy aiming to improve the natural acoustic quality – a driving force behind the space’s overall form. Further alterations include a flexible trapped seating system and renovations to the back of house and lobby spaces.