THE PROPERTY AND VENUE
Ridgefield once housed an internationally renowned research center where scientists from around the world studied the geology and chemistry of petroleum. The 30-acre center became known as The Schlumberger Property. The center’s main building was designed by Philip Johnson, one of the most acclaimed American architects of the 20th century. In 2005, Schlumberger – Doll Research Center moved its facility to Cambridge, MA leaving behind a campus of eclectic buildings. One of those was an auditorium known as The Schlumberger Theatre.
Today the former property is the new home of ACT of Connecticut. Although the theatre was in need of repair, the renovations stayed within the original design aesthetic of the architect and ACT of Connecticut celebrated their grand opening of its $1.8M-renovated theatre and inaugural production season with a ribbon cutting on June 7, 2018.
The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium is housed in the Diamond Properties Performing Arts Center. The theatre itself provides an intimate viewing environment, with 182 seats and a turntable (rotating) stage – an innovative feature in today’s arts and entertainment arena. ACT of CT’s permanent turntable is the only stage of this type in the region, with the exception of some of NYC’s theatres.