CHESTERFIELD, VA — Swift Creek Mill Theatre renovation to make it more modern, accessible

vaSwift Creek Mill Theatre renovation to make it more modern, accessible
By Ashley McLeod, Staff Writer | Published by the Hopewell News & Patriot
Apr 19, 2013

A new two-story addition will shortly be added the historic building that houses the Swift Creek Mill Theatre.

The renovations, which will begin May 6, will help modernize the building and make the theater more accessible for the audience.

Jennifer Procise, the director of development and marketing for the theatre, said the renovations will give better access for the theater-goers.

“Our subscriber base has grown, but people are having trouble with the stairs,” Procise said. “We received that notification frequently enough that our board of directors really had to seriously take a look at it saying we love your shows, what you do, but the stairs are difficult.”

The stairs leading to the second floor, where productions take place, are difficult for some to use. Also, there is currently no handicapped access to the stage.

Procise also said that the renovation will also help the theater out moneywise.

“There are also some funding opportunities that we are not currently eligible for on a national and state level, that once we become ADA compliant we would have that eligibility,” Procise said.

The theatre, which is currently a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to receive several more grants from places like the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Artistic director Tom Width said the extra funding could improve the theater in many ways.

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