Thanks to a major gift from the Peter Glenville Foundation, the Peter Glenville Theatre provides a state-of-the-art setting for music and drama productions. Completed in 2005, the 199-seat theatre was designed by Steven Harris Architects. Moveable seats allow the space to be confirgured in a variety of ways. State of the art lighting and sound systems enhance the facility.
The theatre honors the life and work of Peter Glenville (1913-1996), whose life is celebrated with a permanent exhibit in the auditorium. Mr. Glenville had a forty-year career as theatre and cinema director, producer, writer and actor. Over the years, he worked with most of the leading figures of Hollywood and the New York and London stage, including PCS alumni Rita Moreno (film: Summer and Smoke) and Iris Mann (play: The Innocents). He is perhaps best remembered as a director, bringing to the stage works by Saroyan, Sartre, Rattigan and Williams, among many playwrights, and directing such stars, on stage and screen, as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Alec Guinness, Danny Kaye, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The mission of the Peter Glenville Foundation is to benefit and support the arts and culture, including theatrical, film, fine and literary arts through grants and operating programs in support of these endeavors.
Steven Harris Architects is the subject of a monograph, True Life, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2010), showcasing the firm's residential work over the past 25 years. Steven Harris is the founding partner of Steven Harris Architects and professor of architecture at Yale where he has taught for 30 years. He is the co-editor of Architecture of the Everyday and in 2008 was inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame.