I serve as managing artistic director for Atlanta Theatre-to-Go, a nonprofit Sandy Springs theatre company, and have reservations about the proposed performing arts center as part of the city center project. The city hall presentation was impressive, but I am left with the question: Who is this center being built for?
We in the arts community need rehearsal space and an intimate theater seating of about 200 to 300 for our performances. We don’t need a 1,000-seat facility which probably won’t pay for itself.
A case in point: Art Sandy Springs’ ArtSSpring performances. For many years, my company donated theatrical performances for the annual spring event. However, we had to find our own venue in which to present them. We should be able to present city events in city spaces, and not scramble for church facilities.
None of the renderings I saw included the flexibility of closing the large 1,000-seat theater into smaller spaces. Nor did I see rehearsal space, such as they have at the Southwest Arts Center in southwest Atlanta.
Sandy Springs has a vibrant arts community. Why not support what we have rather than engage in erecting grandiose structures which offer style but not substance?
Managing artistic director, Atlanta Theatre-To-Go
Sandy Springs resident