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MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION

MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION
Campaign is unveiled for a new and exciting phase of
the not-for-profit regional theatre
s future
,
including an expanded stage, second space and larger Con
servatory of Performing Arts
October 25, 2016
Want to see the next
Hamilton
or
Wicked
before it hits it big?
How about taking classes at a premiere professional Cons
ervatory, or seeing an avant-garde new play
performed in an intimate space?
You may get your chance within the next five years at the Ma
ltz Jupiter Theatre, with a fundraising
campaign for a major expansion unveiled today that coul
d lead to the launch of Broadway
s next hit
shows in South Florida and more.
The Theatre has proposed
an
ambitious expansion that will improve production facil
ities and add
educational opportunities for the
no
t-for-profit regional theatre. Under the current plan, the
Theatre
s
improved stage will be ten feet deeper and six feet w
ider on either side, enabling the Theatre to qualify f
o
r
Pre
-Broadway and National Tours. A third-floor rehearsal studio
will provide actors with a view, and
residents will have the opportunity to see actors working
and rehearsing. A proposed second space will
provide the opportunity for audience diversity. The Theat
re
s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will
double in size, allowing students the opportunity to
receive a high-quality, dynamic arts education in state
-
of
-the-art facilities.
Our goal is to become one of the great professional regi
onal theaters in the country. We believe the
Maltz Jupiter Theatre can not only be the best regional t
heater in Florida, but one of the best regional
theaters in the nation,
said Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief ex
ecutive.
With attendance
at an
all
-time high, our success has confirmed a positive trend a
t our Theatre: the need to grow. Now, we
need
the public
s help to make our dream of expansion a reality.
T
he
expansion is expected to cost between $25 to $30 mil
lion. With architectural plans approved by the
Jupiter Town Council in October, the proposed plan woul
d double the square footage of the building
without impacting the 617-seat audience chamber
s intimacy.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has been Jupiter
s treasure for more than a decade, and this expansion can
only enhance our cultural activities in Jupiter and the nort
h county area,
said Jupiter Mayor Todd
Wodraska.
We
re very excited to seeing them kick off the fundraising
campaign for their expansion.
Under the leadership of Kato, a strong board of directors
and staff, the Theatre has produced over 65
productions and annual subscriptions have grown to a reco
rd-breaking 7,628 (much higher than
comparable regional theatres across the country). Attendance at
the award-winning theatre has doubled,
growing from 50,000 to more than 100,000 annual patron
s.
The Theatre will benefit enormously by having a second
space in which to try out new material,
said
Rodger Hess, board member and Broadway producer.
Each new successful show becomes an annuity if
the show goes on to have a profitable future.
During Kato
s tenure (now celebrating 11 years at the helm of the The
atre), the Theatre has earned
numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida
s highest honor of artistic excellence. The Theatre has
ac
hieved a fully-funded $10 million endowment, complet
ed a $2.5 million expansion and renovation in
2013 and opened its popular Conservatory in 2007, now
attended by over 600 students annually.
The project
s architectural designer, Currie Sowards Aguila Architects,
has
been involved with the
Theatre for more than a decade. The visionary firm has d
esigned and master-planned public and private
projects throughout South Florida including the catalyst
of the city of Delray Beach
s revitalization, the Old
Sch
ool Square Cultural Arts Complex. Established in 1969, a
drive, walk or bike through communities
throughout the tri-county region and the Florida Keys of
fers a snapshot of the firm
s architectural portfolio
including theaters, parks, fire rescue stations and govern
ment buildings. The cornerstone of the firm
s
practice is the design of special and sustainable publi
c spaces and venues for the community
s
enjoyment coupled with functional and fiscally sound d
esign.
Currie Sowards Aguila Architects has found professional succes
s as a highly respected architectural firm
in the state of Florida and been honored with more tha
n 65 building and planning design awards. In 2000,
the firm was presented with the prestigious Firm of t
he Year Award by the Florida American Institute of
Architects.
The Theatre hopes to raise the funds for the project th
rough the next two seasons and break ground on
the expansion at the end of the Theatre
s 2017/18 season. Construction is expected to be fully
complete
d
in phases by November 2019, with a plan in place for
the Theatre
s staff to continue working and the
Conservatory to continue operating offsite during the re
novations.
It
s a very important asset for us to be able to attract v
isitors to the area who really love culture,
said
Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the Tourist Develo
pment Council of Palm Beach County.
Those
cultural tourists will come down and spend more money.
It
s a great economic benefit for everyone.
The fundraising campaign was announced at a cocktail celeb
ration for media, held Monday, October 24
.
An interactive public display is now on display throug
hout the 2016/17 season in the Theatre
s lobby.
Visitors will be treated to exciting videos detailing
the Theatre
s future plans, as well as the opportunity to
view a detailed model that showcases the future of the
Theatre.
John Couris, board chairman and president and chief execut
ive officer of Jupiter Medical Center
,
encouraged the public to stop by the display in the lob
by and learn more about joining the Theatre in its
exciting future plans.
The Theatre has proven that it is a great investment.
And that
s what investors want; they want to know
that they
re investing their money into a great organization that
will produce great returns,
he said.
This
isn
t an end point; it
s just the beginning of a very, very exciting future f
or the Theatre.
For more information about the expansion or to contribute
, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/believe
.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of
Florida
s preeminent professional theatres,
committed to production and education through its collabo
rations with local and national artists. Currently
the state
s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre dra
ws 100,000 people annually, serves a
subscription base of more than 7,628 and has world-class
classroom facilities in support of its Goldner
Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of
youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of
the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has e
arned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida
s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the
prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical
Excellence. For more information about the Theatre
s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit
www.jupitertheatre.org
or call the box office at (561) 575-
2223.
Media Contact:
Linnea Bailey (561) 713-
0673
lbailey@jupitertheatre.org
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
(561) 891-7278
jsardone@jupitertheatre.org

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