Trinity School | Morse Theater

Founded in 1709, the Trinity School serves grades K-12. The arts are fundamental to the Lower and Middle School programs, and Upper School students are required to devote at least three semesters to arts curricula.

A full-time professional staff member supervises technical theater, as well as set and lighting design.

The Trinity School’s Morse Theater is located on the top of a New York City Landmark structure — the Annex Building. Formerly known as the Parish House and designed in 1892 by William A. Potter, the top floor space was originally the parish refectory and later served a variety of functions for the Trinity School.

In 1983, the space was redesigned as the Morse Theater, providing an assembly space for the school and a dedicated theater for use by the theater department. After many years of serving the school, the space was ready to be refurbished and the technical systems had reached the end of their useful lives.

Everything had been painted black. Our work with Rogers Partners restores the architectural beauty of the room, including the exposed wooden roof trusses. A tension wire grid replaces narrow catwalks, providing safer and more flexible access — and is better suited to the look of the room. New telescopic seating for audience seating configurations provides additional comfort and better sightlines. New theatrical lighting and AV systems are able to accept, integrate, and incorporate new technologies when they become available to the Trinity School.

  • Client: Trinity School
  • Architect: Rogers Partners
  • Completion Year: 2016
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Building Size: 180,000 s.f.


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