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Young Centre for the Performing Arts

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Toronto, ON
Building Structure Type:
Theatre / Performing Arts
George Brown College/Soulpepper Theatre Company
KPMB Architects
Dalton Company
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Practice areas
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (YCPA) was the unique vision of George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre Company to be a hub for Toronto's arts community and a destination for all theatre lovers. Located in Toronto’s 19th century Gooderham & Worts Distillery District, this former industrial site was redeveloped into an arts precinct and tourist destination through the adaptive re-use of its Victorian buildings into shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Young Centre consists of three distinct theatre spaces within three historic Tank Houses. The largest theatre is a 400-seat flexible courtyard space and Toronto’s only thrust stage. It allows for traditional end stage, arena stage, traverse and flat floor configurations. A 220-seat flexible format theatre, a 90-seat space and a 125-seat “Tankhouse” theatre complete the collection of theatres, which has fibre optic capability for broadcast signaling. Four rehearsal and teaching studios can be converted for performance purposes and have sprung floors that accommodate dance performance and training.