This impressive oak sculpture weaves its way through the renovated Alliance Theatre

$32 million later, expect more intimacy and beauty at the Atlanta theater mainstay

Alliance Theatre

Photograph by Greg Mooney

After 50 years, more than 100 world premieres, and countless curtain calls, the Alliance Theatre was overdue for its first major renovation. In June 2017, the Alliance partnered with theaters large and small across the metro region to host its 2017–2018 season, and crews began the Midtown venue’s $32-million makeover. When the Trahan Architects–designed space reopened this January, guests found intimacy (the number of seats has been reduced from 770 to 650, and the audience sits closer to the stage) and beauty: Cocooning the theater is a waving nest of bent-wood oak cladding that Trahan created with sculptor Matthias Pliessnig.

This article appears in our July 2019 issue.