Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Florida not-for-profit, has unveiled plans for a major expansion, which will cost $25-$30 million.
The expansion will improve production facilities and add educational opportunities for the regional theatre. The theatre’s improved stage will be ten feet deeper and six feet wider on either side, enabling the theatre to qualify for 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 Theatre’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will double in size, allowing students the opportunity to receive high-quality, dynamic arts education in state-of-the-art facilities.
“Our goal is to become one of the great professional regional theaters in the country. We believe the Maltz Jupiter Theatre can not only be the best regional theater in Florida, but one of the best regional theaters in the nation,” said Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief executive, in a statement. “With attendance at an all-time high, our success has confirmed a positive trend at our Theatre: the need to grow. Now, we need the public’s help to make our dream of expansion a reality.”
The plan, which has been approved by the Jupiter Town Council, would 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 north county area,” added Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska. “We’re very excited to seeing them kick off the fundraising campaign for their expansion.”
“The theatre will benefit enormously by having a second space in which to try out new material,” stated Rodger Hess, board member and Broadway producer. “Each new successful show becomes an annuity if the show goes on to have a profitable future.”
The project’s architectural designer is Currie Sowards Aguila Architects. Maltz Jupiter hopes to raise the funds for the project through 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 completed 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 renovations.
For more information about the expansion or to contribute, visit Jupitertheatre.org/believe.