With 500 seats, ASFA’s 19,000 square foot Dorothy Jemison Day Theater offers the arts community a much needed alternative to both smaller and larger facilities. It also benefits all areas of the school, providing a professional environment in which students will learn the inner-workings, challenges and opportunities of performing on a professional stage. The theater is located at 800 19th Street North in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown arts district. Craig Krawczyk of Birmingham’a LIVE Design Group was the architect for the $8.5 million project. Theater acoustics were designed by David Kahn of Acoustic Dimensions (New Rochelle, New York), and technical theater design was by Michael Ferguson of Theatre Project Consultants (Norwalk, Conneticut). Including in the building is a 40 x 75 foot sprung stage floor with a mechanical orchestra lift, a 60 foot fly loft for changing scenery, and a Wenger orcherstra shell. The acoustically tuneable listening environment also has a Steinway concert grand piano and a complete set of Marley dance flooring. There are two large audience rest rooms, a Green Room, dressing rooms with full bath facilites for performers, laundry/kitchen facilites and a scene shop for the set construction. The building is equipped with WiFi, ethernet voice/data connections and a large high definition movie screen. Constructed by B.L. Harbert International, the theater will help stimulate the economic development and revitalization of the downtown art district, which has a shortage of mid-sized performance venues available to local performing artists.

 

THE ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS

The Alabama School of Fine Arts is a partially residential public school authorized and funded by the Alabama Legislature to provide tuition-free instruction to impassioned students grade 7-12. The school provides focused specialty instruction in Creative Writing, Dance, Mathematics and Science, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts - as well as academic courses necessary to earn an Alabama high school diploma (which historically, 100% of seniors pass). ASFA’s five art departments accept students in grades 7-11, and admission is by audition only. Students traditionally and consistently win national awards and scholarships. ASFA has produced many Presidential Scholars and winners of the Young Arts, Gates Millenium Scholarship winners, National Merit Scholars and National Achievement Scholars. ASFA alumni have gone on to make news in medical research, the stage, music, movies and best-sellers such as Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy.

 

For more information about the school, please call 205-252-9241 or go to www.asfaschools.org.

 

THE ASFA FOUNDATION

The Dorothy Jemison Day Theater was built through the generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations. It is named for the late and much beloved ASFA Foundation Board member Dorothy “Dodie” Jemison Day. The ASFA Foundation a 501c3 non-profit organization. Executive Director, raised over $7.8 million for the facility. The complex project took 18 months to complete. It is touted as the most technologically advanced venue of its kind in the Southeast. Major foundation donors include Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Financial Corporation Foundation, EBSCO, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Hill Crest Foundation, Jemison Investment Co. Inc., Hugh Kaul Foundation, Robert Meyer Foundation, Compass Bank, Vulcan Materials Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Joseph S. Bruno Foundation, Ronne and Donald Hess Foundation and the Aletec/Styslinger Foundation.

 

HELP SUSTAIN YOUR LOCAL THEATER!

Providing Birmingham’s arts community and talented young people, an optimum place to perform is a loving legacy to our city and the arts in general. There are many ways to give, and ASFA Foundation’s Leigh Horsley can advise no matter what the level of your generosity. As and example, engraved seat plaques are offered for $250 and $500. It is a wonderful way to honor someone special or to personally support the theater.