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SOURCE Stages Repertory Theatre
$5 million-dollar pledge from Glenda and Russell Gordy will match all new donations to $30.5 million-dollar capital campaign
HOUSTON, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Stages Repertory Theatre announces plans for its new three-theatre campus, named in recognition of a transformational gift from Houston philanthropists Glenda and Russell Gordy. The Gordys have pledged to match every new donation to Staging Our Future: A Transformational Campaign for Stages, dollar for dollar, up to $5 million, making this one of the largest individual gifts in the history of Houston's performing arts community. Once the match is fulfilled, this gift will complete the $30.5 million capital campaign in support of the theatre's visionary strategic plan, including construction of its new 66,850-square-foot campus. In recognition of this legacy commitment, the new campus will be named The Gordy.
"The Gordy will transform the way Houstonians experience and think about theatre," Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin said. "We are building the kinds of spaces that don't currently exist anywhere in our region. Our focus from the beginning has been to enhance what we know defines us-the incredible intimacy that our patrons and artists love-and to dramatically expand our technical, design and production capacities to elevate that experience to new heights."
Groundbreaking for the new campus located at 800 Rosine Street, located one block south of the theatre's current Allen Parkway location, is planned for summer 2018. Opening of the new campus is slated for the 2019-2020 Season. Designs for The Gordy will embrace Stages' hallmark sense of intimacy and personal connection between artists and audiences while providing the opportunity to build advanced, state-of-the-art performance spaces, improve patron amenities, and solve existing parking, facility and production challenges. With this achievement, Stages will, at last, have facilities that are equal in quality to the performances it brings to its audiences.
When completed, The Gordy will include:
"Stages has been a consistent part of our lives over the past four decades," Russell Gordy explains. "This gift is an investment in the future of Stages, in the development of emerging arts professionals, and in a neighborhood we care deeply about."
Architectural design of the new facility is led by acclaimed global firm Gensler, with theatre design by internationally recognized theatre consultant Charcoalblue. Houston-based real estate developer Hines helped guide development of the master plan for Stages' expanded campus. Construction management will be provided by Forney Construction. Engineering firm Walter P Moore also contributed to the project.
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