Red Mountain Theatre Company recently announced the beginning of its Second Act project, creating an arts campus in the Parkside District of Birmingham.
The new Arts Campus will be at 1600 Third Ave. S. between 16th and 17th streets south, next to Regions Field.
“It has been a dream for us to consolidate our programming in order to better serve our community,” Executive Director Keith Cromwell said in a statement. “We envision an arts campus where artists can create, students can develop life – and theater – skills, and where for-profit and nonprofit can drive economic growth together.”
The Tony Award-winning theater company began in 1979 as the Summerfest Musical Theatre, later transitioning into the Red Mountain Theatre Company in 2007.
The new campus will house all of the organization’s projects under one roof, including its season of productions, educational outreach, workshops, camps and the 32-year-old senior performing troupe The Seasoned Performers, which the organization absorbed in 2016.
“RMTC is right at the heart of our city, and this space will allow us to be more efficient and more effective in our mission of enriching, educating, and engaging our community,” said community leader and RMTC board President Kathryn Harbert.
Live Design Group will be architects for the project, working with contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and managed by Harbert Realty Services.
The arts campus is to include state-of-the art rehearsal and classroom spaces, a next-generation 400-seat theater and administrative and shop offices.
Construction is anticipated to be complete in summer 2021.
– Emily Williams