MOSS THEATER, NEW ROADS SCHOOL
SANTA MONICA, CA – 2013
The Moss Theater is a 350-seat thrust stage performance space at the heart of New Roads School. The space is used for school meetings and concerts as well as community lectures, screenings and live performance.
The arts are central to New Roads’ mission, which seeks to “prepare young people for life by developing in them a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.
New Roads has over 20 student musical groups, does multiple theater and dance groups, as well as a yearly festival of student films.
The campus and Theater were funded by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, founders of A & M records. Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both men have an extraordinary commitment to Arts Education.
The acoustics for the space were done by Yasuhisa Toyota, the world-class acoustician and visionary responsible for Gehry’s Disney Hall.
Below you can see initial models of the space and balcony – the image on the right is during construction, showing the modifications made through the design phase and the final textured wood surfacing.