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Mainstage Renovation Updates

When Long Wharf Theatre was founded in 1965, the Food Terminal was intended as a temporary stop on the way to a permanent home. As Long Wharf Theatre established itself as one of the preeminent theatres in the nation, this intimate and industrial space became part of its unique charm and identity.

However, as time has gone on, we have realized that charm alone can only go so far.

Long Wharf Theatre, a forerunner of the regional theatre movement, is getting a much needed makeover, providing our artists and patrons with a state of the art theatrical experience. With designs by Gregg, Wies & Gardner Architects in New Haven, the renovation makes improvements to the facility that will focus on the newly christened Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage Theatre. Theatre leaders and Trustees believe the theatrical experience begins the moment an audience member exits their car to walk up to the theatre. There is also the belief that the Theatre’s appearance should, at long last, reflect the caliber of the artistic works it presents while embracing the industrial nature of its surroundings. That is our goal with this renovation.

Check back here for periodic updates to our progress as we create a new and improved Long Wharf Theatre experience.


Please consider contributing to the renovation efforts. Contact Eileen Wiseman, director of development, at 203-772-8237, or via e-mail at eileen.wiseman@longwharf.org.