Center for the Performing Arts at the Cranbrook Educational Community
Option Studio 01318 – Tod Williams & Billie Tsien


The Performing Arts Center will be both an academic building and a public building. While its primary purpose will be to serve the Cranbrook Educational Community, the Center will also be public, directly serving the local and Detroit communities. Events will draw audiences from outside the campus; and other schools and organizations will be encouraged to take advantage of the Center, via productions, rental, and collaboration (directorial, writing, actors, and even stagecraft).

The program includes a mix of adaptable performance spaces, from a more formally defined theater to the more flexible black box theater and dance studio. Serving these are rehearsal spaces, technical support spaces, workshops, and storage. The center will provide space for public performances but will also be a place for teaching. In addition, the program provides facilities for traveling and resident performers.