Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center (FAC)
The Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center was designed and built based on a shared passion and the inspiration of the Plano ISD belief that self-expression and creative thinking are essential to a healthy community. This facility is intended to be a home, not just for the arts and not just for student artists, but a living room; a gathering space for our community.
The citizens of the Plano Independent School District approved $64 Million in funding as part of the 2016 Bond Program for the design and construction of a multi-use, cross-disciplinary performance and exhibition center as a centerpiece of the district’s renowned Fine Arts programing. Perkins + Will of Dallas and Bora Architects of Portland, Oregon were designated Executive Architects and Design Architects respectively for the project in late 2016. Design work began in February of 2017 with these groups in the lead, assisted by Theatrical Consultants, Schuler Shook and Acoustical Designers from Jaffe Holden. McCarthy Construction broke ground on the project in April of 2018 and the venue opened to the public in the Spring of 2020.
In the fall of 2020 the Plano ISD Board of Trustees announced that this unique facility, dedicated to the visual and performing arts in the heart of the Plano community would be named in honor and memory of Dr. George “Robbie” S Robinson, Jr. and his wife Lynore. The Robinsons were active members of the business and arts community of Plano for nearly 40 years. Dr. He served as Chairman of the Collin County Cultural Arts District Committee, Board Member of Plano Arts and Cultural Endowment, Inc., and President of the Arts of Collin County Commission. Dr. & Mrs. Robinson were champions and patrons of local organizations such as the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the ArtCentre of Plano and avid collectors of a wide range of visual art from their travels around the world. A state-of-the-art venue in the heart of Plano was a dream the Robinsons shared with the district. Sadly, Lynore passed away in 2018 and Robbie followed her in death in October of 2020. Neither of them lived to see this dream become a reality.
The purpose of this venue is to provide a top notch location for the display of the exceptional work of the performing and visual art students of the Plano ISD, as a location for artistic events presented by local arts organizations and as a gathering place for the local community. The procedures outlined in the following pages are designed to support this purpose while maintaining the aesthetic and technical excellence of the venues therein.
The building sits on 16.3 acres at 1800 Alma Dr. Plano, TX 75075.
Public parking is available during the work week in two lots. One immediately to the West of the building with an access drive from Alma Dr. and another just to the South of the building. There is also a small staff lot and loading dock on the North side of the building. Night and weekend patrons will also have access to the parking located around the Harrington Place office building to the South and West of the district lots. Overflow parking is available on across Alma Drive at the Plano ISD Academy High School as well.
The building is 82,000 square feet of space dedicated to dance, music, theatre and visual arts programing that include a 1,500 seat Auditorium with a Balcony, a Studio Theater that can seat up to 250, and a Dance/Rehearsal Room that can accomodate 120 musicians, 30 dancers or 200 meeting attendees and a dedicated Art Gallery as a central fixture of the lobby area. Support areas include a Scene Shop, Art Studio, dedicated Dressing Rooms for the Auditorium and Studio Theater, a Lounge, Break Room, Group Office/Meeting Room and plenty of restrooms for patrons and performers alike.
Weston Keifer - Technical Manager
Mr. Keifer is a 2002 graduate of Plano Senior High School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College in Boston. He worked as the Assistant Technical Director at the Cutler Majestic Theatre on the Emerson campus and as Technical Supervisor in the Office of the Arts at Emerson following his graduation. In 2011 Weston returned to North Texas and come to Plano after 9 years as the Technical Director at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District where he managed backstage operations for thousands of shows, events and meetings every year. During his tenure at the AT&T PAC he developed the "Back Stage Spotlight" program to teach aspects of stagecraft and technical theatre at an elevated level for interested Dallas ISD students. He brings a passion for technical theatre and theatrical education to his new position in Plano!
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