The Grandel’s first full season will kick off in August with select Individual performances and events beginning as early as May
Last fall, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation announced its latest effort toward its mission of investing in the infrastructure and systems needed to support local artists and community arts organizations by renovating and expanding programming at the historic Grandel Theatre in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District. Now nearing completion, new resident dance and theatre companies are beginning to occupy the space and prepare for performances on the main stage, some as early as May. The following resident organizations will officially activate the 2017-2018 season at The Grandel, beginning this August:
- Ashleyliane Dance Company
- Big Muddy Dance Company
- Dance St. Louis
- Harvey Lockhart’s ‘H.E.A.L’ Center for the Arts
- Korlovsky & Company Dance
- Metro Theatre Company
- Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
- St. Louis Ballet
- St. Louis University Performing Arts Department
Beginning in May, Kranzberg Arts Foundation residents will begin activating the main stage with various individual performances, events, summer camps and a variety of one-off A-list celebrity appearances, concerts and comedy shows.
The Grandel is now fully operated and managed by Kranzberg Arts Foundation, while the building is currently under the ownership of Grand Center, Inc. Kranzberg Arts Foundation is working closely with the Grand Center, Inc. team to ensure The Grandel meets the needs and mission of the district and creates a place where people are connected to the arts and the arts can flourish. St. Louis-based SPACE Architecture + Design is completing the remodel of the building, includingthe theatre; lobby and common areas; the now-open Dark Room at The Grandel gallery, stage and restaurant; and a patio overlooking the soon-to-come Arts Academy Plaza.
“We could not be more excited to work with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation as they return this great facility to life and continue their mission to add to the richness and diversity of St. Louis’s cultural landscape,” said Karin Hagaman, President and CEO of Grand Center, Inc.
In addition to main stage productions The Grandel will host five visual art exhibits annually, resident-offered dance classes and educational programs, and live jazz nightly on the Dark Room stage. The gallery and other patron amenities will be open to the public a minimum of five days a week with both day and evening hours. Resident organizations will activate the main stage with world-class dance, theatre and concert productions more than 100 dates a year.
“The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is working closely with our district and community partners to ensure that The Grandel is a true example of diversity in audience, programming and organizational use,” said Chris Hansen, Executive Director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “The opportunity to bring this historic venue back online for the community is thrilling and humbling for our organization.” V
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About Kranzberg Arts Foundation
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is committed to providing the essential infrastructure necessary for the arts to thrive in the St. Louis community. Through the development of performing arts venues, visual arts galleries, free music programs, and work spaces for non-profit arts organizations, the Foundation creates opportunities for and nurtures the growth of artists, while working with emerging and leading arts organizations to engage with St. Louis’s diverse community in ways that are relevant, inclusive, and inspiring. For more information, visit www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org.
About Grand Center Arts District:
Home to more than 45 cultural organizations and institutions, Grand Center Arts District is the epicenter of arts and entertainment in St. Louis. Visitors and residents can explore and experience this eclectic district for its rich offering of major performance venues, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, public media outlets and more. Hosting a myriad of cultural events each year, from Broadway to ballet to black box theater and thought-provoking art exhibitions, Grand Center Arts District highlights the unique vitality and diversity of this authentic Saint Louis neighborhood. Visit www.grandcenter.org for more information.