The Triffo Theatre
The Triffo Theatre

Space To Learn - The Theaters in Allard Hall at MacEwan University

Michael Eddy

Located in downtown Edmonton, Canada, MacEwan University’s new Allard Hall Performing Arts Centre boasts purpose-built spaces including The Triffo Theatre, a 450-seat proscenium theater; a flexible, 140-seat black box theater, the Theatre Lab; the 250-seat Betty Andrews Recital hall; and a complement of rehearsal spaces, theater production shops, and two recording studios.  Allard Hall was designed by the late architect Bing Thom, along with Edmonton design firm Manasc Isaac. The theater consultants for the project were the U.S.-based Stages Consultants (SC), who provided theater planning, acoustics design, and performance audio-visual design. “Our scope covered all the theatrical spaces and support spaces,” notes SC principal Alec Stoll. “In addition to seating, site lines, and theater planning, we dealt with the acoustical isolation from all of the other spaces in the building. We did the AV systems and the production video for the theaters too.”

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