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James Houghton founded and established Signature Theatre Company in 19991. The company was famed for devoting whole seasons of programming to a singular playwright. Since 2012, Signature has presented works by multiple playwrights in the same season with the introduction of residency and legacy programmes.
In October 2008, plans were announced to construct The Pershing Square Signature Center to house all of Signature Theatre’s productions. The off-Broadway complex, which was designed by Frank Gehry, finally opened in 2012, containing three theatres, two rehearsal studios and a communal area complete with a café, bar and bookshop.
The Irene Diamond Stage is the largest theatre with a capacity of 294 seats, whilst the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre contains 191 seats and the adaptable Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre can hold capacities from 199 to 250, depending on whether the production uses a thrust, alley or end stage format.
The Pershing Square Center’s performances spaces are also available to rent, with renowned off-Broadway production companies such as The New Group often presenting their new productions in the complex.