Open Jar Studios, a partnership of Broadway insiders led by Jeff Whiting, build a new rehearsal space in Times Square for rehearsals, auditions, and support offices for large-scale Broadway productions.
Located at 1601 Broadway, across the entire 11th and 12th floors, the studios will feature 51,346 square feet of rehearsal space and support offices. The space will include two 4,000 square-foot studios with 24-foot high ceilings (making them the largest studios in Manhattan) in addition to numerous studios suited perfectly for dance and music rehearsals, production offices, and even costume fittings.
Project Manager, Jeff Whiting, has brought together a partnership filled with Broadway insiders, including: The Shubert Organization, Jeffrey Seller (Producer of HAMILTON), Music Theatre International, Barry Weissler (Producer of CHICAGO), Fred Gallo (PRG), Tony Award-winning director/choreographers Susan Stroman and Andy Blankenbuehler, composer Stephen Flaherty, designers Ken Billington (lighting), Howell Binkley (lighting), Beowulf Boritt (scenic), David Korins (scenic), Kai Harada (sound), Alex Lacamoire (music supervisor) and acclaimed actor Joshua Henry (currently starring in CAROUSEL).
“We want to build a home for artists to create,” Whiting said, “and we dedicate this space to the creation of art and the cultivation of the artist.” In addition to rehearsal space, the studios will also serve as the headquarters to The Open Jar Institute, a theatre training institute now in its 15th year, providing in-depth training for the next generation of theatre artists, as well as Whiting’s software company, Stage Write Software, the industry’s standard platform to capture staging and choreography for theatrical productions in use by over 50,000 users worldwide.
The studios will begin construction in mid-July and plans to open its doors in January 2019.