Warehouse Press Release

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Download PDF of The Warehouse blueprints: HERE
Download PDF of press release: HERE
Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-1036
For more information contact:
John Reid | Producing Artistic Director
(203) 319-1404 X302
Fairfield Theatre Company Breaks Ground On new performing arts venue in downtown Fairfield
New venue will allow Fairfield's nonprofit organization to present more live music, art, theatre, film, and culture for the community
Fairfield, CT - February 11, 2015 — The Fairfield Theatre Company (FTC) announced plans today to build an exciting new performing arts venue at their current location in downtown Fairfield, CT. The new facility will be called The Warehouse at FTC and will have a capacity of up to 640 patrons. The Warehouse at FTC will complement FTC's current performance space, the award winning 225-seat StageOne Theatre. FTC has recently launched a $1.5 million capital campaign to fund the project.

The Warehouse at FTC, which will retain its early mid-century industrial look and feel, will include state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, a second floor mezzanine, and flexible seating to host a wide variety of shows and events. In addition to live music concerts, FTC will leverage the space to present theatre, film, cultural events, fundraising galas, business expos and fairs, corporate events, and private parties. FTC anticipates that the larger venue and broader programming will attract many more arts patrons from all over the region.

"The Warehouse at FTC is a game-changer both for FTC and for the town of Fairfield," said FTC Executive Director John Reid. "StageOne is our crown jewel and we will continue to use it as much as ever. It's a fantastic facility and well loved by our artists and patrons, but it has significant limitations in terms of size and programming options. The new venue will allow us to introduce a whole new universe of world-class artists and productions to the area. This will, in turn, bring even more people to downtown Fairfield and act as a significant economic engine for the many local restaurants and shops that surround us."

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, "I am so thrilled that FTC, which is situated in the heart of our thriving downtown, had the vision to expand their site to attract even more arts and culture to our Town and region. This innovative performing arts venue will also increase economic opportunities that will help Fairfield's tax base. I wish FTC continued success and thank them for bringing so much vitality and enjoyment to residents and visitors alike."

FTC has launched a $1.5 million capital campaign to fund the warehouse project. They have already raised 60% of the funding through large, individual contributions from a Founders Circle donor group, financial support and matching grants, corporate donors and foundations, funding from the State of Connecticut, and support from our patrons and the general public via an online crowdfunding campaign.

"We are well on way but we need the support of the entire community", said Mr. Reid. "We believe that FTC has had a significant positive impact on the Fairfield community and the local economy. We trust that our neighbors, the local residents and businesses in Fairfield, will agree that this is a transformational opportunity for the town and that they will continue to support our efforts to make it a reality."

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