The Black Box Theater at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

by Michael Eddy

The Moody Center for the Arts, which opened earlier this year on the campus of Rice University in Houston, TX, is a $30 million, 50,000 square-foot building dedicated to interdisciplinary conversations through the arts, bridging gaps between scientific, engineering, and humanities disciplines by providing spaces to facilitate collaborative ventures. The Moody, which was designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) with an Honor Award, the most prestigious design award bestowed by the chapter and Fisher Dachs Associates was the theater consultant for the theater space.

In addition to exhibition, classroom, and maker space areas, the Moody contains a 150-seat black box theater, the Lois Chiles Studio Theater, that features intelligent LED and digital lighting fixtures from High End Systems, Elation, and ETC, controlled by a HES Road Hog 4 lighting console in conjunction with ETC Net3 network and Paradigm control systems. The space is designed to be reconfigurable to suit each production or event with minimal changeover time. In addition, the seating can be rearranged or removed entirely.

The small space is also packed with video production tech utilizing HES DLHDs, Axon Media servers, Ross Carbonite Solo, TVone Corio master mini, as well as Blackmagic Design, and Crestron control systems. Projection shines in this space with three 12K lumen projectors from Panasonic and three High End Systems DLHD fixtures. The projectors can act in stand-alone modes or they can be collaged in various configurations to provide truly immersive environments using the video production suite.

The sound system uses a Dante system architecture for I/O and routing with Qsys core for DSP. A Yamaha CL1 mixes inputs from the Dante network and 16 channel RIO unit into a 5.1 surround sound speaker system using networked QSC amps and loudspeakers.

 

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Further information from the Moody Center for the Arts: moody.rice.edu