Never Be Dark: Big Theatres Hosting Smaller Companies

What’s a multi-venue theatre to do? Running a space takes time and energy, not to mention costs. So how do you keep patrons coming back while keeping your costs down?

ACT Theatre in Seattle has no fewer than four venues; they can even program up to five events in a single evening if they use a certain common space creatively. When executive director Carlo Scandiuzzi joined the company in 2007, he wanted to take full advantage of the multiple stages. A project called Central Heating Lab was born.