Location: 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton Campus
Stakeholder: Monash Academy of Performing Arts
Original Architects: Eggleston MacDonald Secomb
The Alexander Theatre was designed by Eggleston MacDonald & Secomb Architects and opened in 1967. This is a heroic piece of architecture with great presence. It as a strong monolith of a building with three tapering block-like forms sitting on a grassy plinth. The Alexander Theatre is one of several important Clayton campus foundation buildings, which includes the neighbouring Menzies Building, the Chancellery and Robert Blackwood Hall among others.
The existing 508 seat Alexander Theatre has been extensively refurbished and expanded. The venue is host to many professional companies for all types of performances including classical theatre, musicals, pantomime, dance, comedy and multi-media. This popular venue has been updated to cater for new audiences with improved accessibility, back of house facilities and new foyer and function rooms. The facility has a fully programmable acoustic system known as the Meyer Constellation, which will expand the range of musical performance.
In addition, stage 2 of the project includes a new jazz club, cafe, music salon and function spaces that will expand the facility to supplement the teaching and performance of contemporary music. The new venue will provide much needed function and café facilities to serve the Alexander Theatre as well as for dedicated musical events and casual student activities. It will have a north facing café terrace connected to the Matheson Library forecourt and The Forum beyond.