Rock Valley College
The design of Starlight Theatre maintains the tradition of open-air performances at Rock Valley College while offering new flexibility and comfort, allowing the company to extend its season and guarantee performances.
Beneath the roof, the central theater space forms an unexpected vertical axis to the sky that enhances the audience’s delight at being outdoors. With its new building and expanded programming possibilities, Starlight has become a regional destination and favorite summer venue for the community.
Technologies typically employed to move roofs over massive stadiums were adapted to fit the theater’s scale and budget.
Merit Award, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), 2005
Distinguished Building Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2004
Scholarship Prize/Best Overall Design Award, Metal Construction Association (MCA), 2004
Gold Medal/President's Award, Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), 2003
Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), 2003
Blair Kamin reviews the Studio’s Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College.
Architectural Record highlights the Bengt Sjostrrom Starlight Theatre.
Blueprint magazine reviews the Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre.