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In 2017, the school broke ground on Colony Hall, an academic and programmatic complement to the Paul Mellon Arts Center. Named in honor of Trustee George F. Colony '72, the new 50,000-square-foot Colony Hall is designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. With ample seating for faculty, staff, and students, the auditorium will serve not only as the venue for weekly all-school meetings, but as a performance hall that can accommodate both large and small audiences.
The western wing of the Paul Mellon Arts Center houses the main stage theater with seating for 770, scene shop, costume shop and Green Room. The two sides of the building are connected underground through the Chase Bear Experimental Theater. Extensive renovations are planned for this portion of the complex. The Paul Mellon Arts Center's main stage theater, to be named the William T. Little '49 and Frances A. Little Theater in recognition of the donors' lifetime giving to the School, will be completely reconfigured and outfitted for theater arts. Renovation plans include refurbishment of the building's major components, including the lobby; the main theater and audience seating; the experimental theater; scenery shop, and Katz Family Green Room. In addition to upgrading the space for theatergoers with physical disabilities, the Little Theater will also provide access for the hearing impaired including assisted listening devices.