ALBANY — The Capital Repertory Theatre has been awarded a $2 million Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund award for theREP at Livingston Square.
The Theatre and New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the award, which will allow further development of the proposed renovation on the National Biscuit Co. building at 251 N. Pearl Street, on Tuesday.
Capital Repertory is in the midst of creating a permanent location, which they estimate will be a $7.9 million project. The 33,000-square-foot space of the former National Biscuit Co. building is a key part of that project.
Since it was founded in 1981, the theater has been located in the Market Theatre on Pearl Street, a facility which is no longer amenable to their needs. TheREP at Livingston Square will be a sort of community living room and would provide the theater a new home, which it has been seeking for the past few years.
“With generous support of our loyal audiences, we’ve been able to do wonderful work here for a very long time,” said Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the REP’s producing artistic director, “but, in order to advance our standing in developing new work, increase our patrons’ comfort and utilize modern theatrical stagecraft, we need a well-planned, up-to-date facility. Accomplishing this while staying in the city of Albany would be a dream come true.”
It’s also a key part of a block-wide revitalization of downtown Albany, according to a news release. Capital Repertory is working with the Albany Housing Authority and other local service organizations to create programs for workforce training, theater operations and an expanded Downtown Ambassadors program. It will serve those in need in the Arbor Hill and Warehouse districts.
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