School for Creative and Performing Arts at the Erich Kunzel Ctr for Arts and Education, Theater 750

Cincinnati, Ohio

  • FIRM

    CR architecture + design


    Cincinnati Public Schools

  • AREA

    252,000 sq.ft.





The new 252,000-square-foot school was developed by a partnership of three architects. The four-story school, which opened in 2010, is the first publicly funded K-12 arts school in the country.

Designed to serve 1,350 students, this school offers students the opportunity to major in dance, drama, music, theater, visual arts ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMMoody • Nolan, Inc; Fanning HoweyCOST PER SQ FT$219.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music RoomsSUB CATEGORYSpecialized writing, with mentorship opportunities to learn from renowned guest artists. The facility features practice rooms, professional-grade dance and art studios, and sound stages.

The school features four performance and laboratory spaces, the largest being Theater 750. This 750-seat auditorium was designed to include a well-equipped stage house, full-height fly tower and manual counterweight rigging.

The lighting and dimming system includes 384 dimmers and professional-grade lighting controls. There is a full complement of stage lighting instruments. The space has three lighting catwalks, a 246-seat balcony, box booms and a motorized orchestra pit. A large scene shop is adjacent.

"Good sense at entry; the interior follows the high-tech look of the exterior. The plan is organized well."--2011 jury