Williams College
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance



'62 Center for Theatre and Dance


Williams College


Williamstown, MA




126,000 GSF


The Arts, Renovations + Additions, Campus Innovations

The Class of ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance supports Williams College theater and dance students in their pursuit of artistic excellence and has become a world class venue for the Williamstown Theater Festival. The new ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance includes four performance venues:

  • The 550-seat MainStage Theater that maximizes intimacy and warm materials
  • The 200-seat CenterStage Theater, a flexible space with a “point-of-view” that includes moveable balconies, a flexible lift, and a barn door opening onto the lobby
  • The Dance Rehearsal Studio (50’x 65’) with three walls of glass with dramatic views to the Berkshire Hills
  • The renovated Adams Memorial Theater, an intimate 250-seat “thrust” type theater


        Located in a prominent position on Main Street, the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance emphasizes the importance of connections between theatre/dance and other disciplines on a liberal arts campus. Campus pathways weave through the building giving visitors and students a chance to see theatre and dance activities as they walk about campus. Most dramatically, a giant 20’ high steel barn door opens to reveal the inner workings of the CenterStage Theater along this path.

        Awards + Recognition

        2008 AIA National Honor Award For Excellence in Architecture for a New Building

        2008 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture

        2007 Selected for Full Exhibition Prague Quadrennial

        2006 AIA New England Design Award

        2006 AISC Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel

        2006 BSA Interior Architecture/Interior Design Honor Award

        2006 USITT Architecture Award

        2005 BSA Higher Education Facilities Design Award

        2005 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence

        2005 International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Craft Award

        Project Consultants

        Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

        Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | TMP Consulting Engineers, Inc.

        Civil Engineer | Guntlow + Associates

        Landscape Architect | Guntlow + Associates

        Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden

        Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

        Acoustical Engineer | Acoustic Dimensions

        Photographer | Robert Benson + Sam Sweezy + Keith Foreman + Brad Wakoff + David Dashiell