Pell Chafee Performance Center

The Pell Chafee named in honor of Senator Claiborne Pell and the late Senator John Chafee. The center's dedication was held on Monday September 26, 2005 Learn more>>

  • the former Empire Street branch of Citizens Bank built in 1929, Citizens Bank?s 2000 gift to Trinity Repertory Company

  • phased conversion by Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects

  • a home for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA graduate training programs

  • a home for Trinity Rep?s K-12 education/enrichment programs, such as the Textron Young Actors Studio

  • site for special events

  • Recipient of the 2005 Providence Preservation Society Adaptive Reuse Award. Learn more>>


      • historic restoration of building elements
      • removal of 1970s-era dropped ceiling
      • acoustic treatment of vaulted ceiling
      • a new main entrance vestibule, new ramps
      • construction of classroom/studio spaces at lower level
      • utilities (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fully sprinklered addressable fire alarm system)
      • accessibility

      Street level: the Citizens Bank Theater

      • Flexible performance space (45? x 80?)
      • Lighting grid: 25? from floor
      • Potential capacity of 250 (seated); 450 (no seating)
      • Accessible classrooms and restroom
      • Concessions area

      Lower level: the Lugosch Family Education Center: 7 class studios (size varies), restrooms