Glencoe’s Writers Theatre featured in ‘National Endowment for the Arts’

As ‘Village Planner’ for Glencoe, Lee Brown, FAICP, (President of Teska Associates) has been a member of the ‘Village/WT working group’ since it was first formed to recruit, retain, and shepherd the New Writers’ Theatre project.  He also partnered with WT to prepare the ‘Our Town Grant Application to the National Endowment for the Arts’ which funded, in part Studio Gang’s award winning architectural design for the project.




National Endowment for the Arts

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“For a popular theatre company working out of a cramped space in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe, the economic challenges imposed by the limited space were pressing. When an opportunity became available to design and build a larger facility in the heart of Glencoe’s downtown area, Writers Theatre seized the chance. Working directly from the vision outlined in the village’s master plan, the theatre project became a way to catalyze downtown development…

To meet this vision, the theatre needed a design that would give it the flexibility to stage diverse types of performances for different audience sizes and, importantly, to establish a genuine connection with the surrounding neighborhood.”


Photo Credit: Studio Gang Architects