Regional Center for the Arts

Trumbull, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    JCJ Architecture


    Cooperative Educational Services

  • AREA

    41,000 sq.ft.





Cooperative Educational Services’ new Regional Center for the Arts opened its doors to 250 highly motivated high school students in January 2008. The architect developed programming, planning and design for this specialized, multi-district magnet high school.

New York Theatre Professionals teach dance, drama, musical theater and music education in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY250COST PER SQ FT$244.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized learning areas designed to meet professional theater standards. In keeping with the school’s open-door policy, all administrative offices, learning areas and public spaces are directly accessible to the informal, naturally lighted main lobby.

A 250-seat main theater and a studio theater, along with areas where students can improvise, rehearse and socialize, encourage and challenge students to explore the creative process.

Being a good neighbor was a prime consideration for the client. The architect responded to this challenge by limiting tree clearing and grading; designing the single-story structure in the same scale and pattern of the adjacent residential neighborhood; and orienting the main entry, dropoff, service and parking areas away from residential areas.


“Nice focus on arts and learning. Great site context of residential sensitivity on one

side, and a very public performance and prefunction area on the other.”--2008 jury