Yeshivah of Flatbush – Joel Braverman High School was built in 1962 and was lucky enough this year to receive a much needed facelift to their auditorium which doubles as their sanctuary. Working with Dattner Architects and Fisher Dachs Associates, IWEISS was able to transform a small multipurpose space into a fully functional performance and worship venue.
The stage is now equipped with 4 hand crank winches to operate the 3 electrics and 1 general purpose batten along with brand new stage drapery to polish off the new theatrical look of the venue. In the front of house light location an IWEISS ViaLift was installed to allow lights to come to a working height eliminating ladder climbing for students.
The auditorium also serves as the Sanctuary. Customized bi-parting curtains were installed on the upstage wall to allow for the Ark to be exposed during services without revealing the back wall. These curtains also act as a rear backdrop for theatrical performances.
The synergy of the space was taken into consideration with every choice; lighting positions and battens being able to move out of sight lines, and a drapery package that adds subtle masking to the architecture of the stage house.