Theatre Expansion and Renovation

The Hartford Stage, founded in 1963, relocated from a former grocery store warehouse on Kinsley Street to its present location in 1977. Renowned Architect Robert Venturi designed the theatre, which accommodates 485 spectators.

The Hartford Stage undertook a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project to modernize and rejuvenate the theatre. As part of the project, Salas O’Brien upgraded the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fire protection infrastructure and expanded the lobby, education, and studio space to create a black-box-style theatre with classrooms and rehearsal halls. In addition, we upgraded mechanical systems to balance comfort in both the audience and performer environments.

The renovations and expansions allow the Hartford Stage to provide educational programs for children and adults using theatre techniques to build community and citizenship, promote a passion for literacy and create expression, and encourage lifelong learning.

Completion Year



57,000 square feet

Construction Cost

$5.7 million

Project Partner

JCJ Architecture

Project Photography

Robert Benson