The Muny Administration and Artists’ Buildings were built in the 1940s and meant to accommodate seasonal employment. Full-time staff has grown from 12 to 35 who work year-round in a building that was not climate-controlled on the first floor. In addition to indoor renovation of the Administration Building, outdoor plans throughout the 11.5-acre campus include new theatre gates and entryway improvements, refurbishment or restoration of the fountains and pergolas, and upgrades to outdoor rehearsal spaces.
Visitors to the renovated administration building will enter through a 2-story re-imagined space. Like the Emerson Artists’ Building, the administration building will include re-configured spaces that will be more efficient and timesaving. A new rehearsal hall on the first floor will be adjacent to the stage management office. Further down the hall, the canteen and actor’s lounge will provide new and comfortable places for performers and crews to meet and interact. The addition of an elevator will make the second floor of the building accessible to all. The second floor will be the location of expanded suites for Production, Education, Marketing and Development.
Entryways throughout the campus will be renovated or upgraded, including new theatre gates, architectural lighting, refurbished fountains, light fixture upgrades and restoration of the iconic pergolas. The completely redesigned West Lawn will serve as a dynamic community-focused preshow space to gather for meals, entertainment and recreation. We will add a First Aid & Nursing Suite on the west pergola to make it more accessible to patrons than the previous location backstage. The east side will be the location of our new Donor Plaza, wall, and walkway to honor all supporters of the Second Century Campaign.
ENHANCED REHEARSAL SPACE
The West Pavilion has been renovated to not only accommodate daytime rehearsals, but for use throughout the year. The platform’s rehearsal floor has been replaced to improve our artists’ safety, confidence and execution during performances. A turntable will mimic the turntable used on the main stage. Performers will be able to rehearse on it throughout their eleven-day rehearsal schedule, and not have to wait to rehearse on the main stage turntable the night before they open. Enhanced lighting and upgraded air circulation will help not only during rehearsals but will make the space more comfortable for community and private events.
Our thanks to The Enterprise Holdings Foundation and the Taylor and Kindle Families, Andy & Barbara Taylor, the Orthwein Foundation, PURINA, Bayer, the Preston M. Green Charitable Foundation, Edward Jones, Nancy & Kenneth Kranzberg, Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Mueller, the Eric P. & Evelyn E. Newman Foundation, James S. & Lynne P. Turley, Spire, Thomas & Ruth Brouster and Mr. & Mrs. David C. Farrell for their generous gifts that enhance safety, accessibility, efficiency and enjoyment at The Muny.