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Foothill Partners Incorporated, the street-retail development company focused on centralizing commerce, culture and community, announces their newest tenant at The Oddie District, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). The community college’s Theater and Performing Arts Program will be the primary tenant for a black box theater at The Oddie District, a work-live-create space converted from a former Lowe’s Home Improvement.
“Over the past year, live audiences have been few and far between,” said Nettie Oliverio, arts and culture director of Foothill Partners. “We couldn’t be more excited to provide a consistent space for our community’s burgeoning artists.”
TMCC’s black box theater will seat up to 150 audience members and will take up 4300 sq. ft. at The Oddie District. Besides being a performing space, TMCC will also use the theater as a classroom for not just acting but also backstage theater tech classes, a new emphasis for their performing arts department.
“Although we continue to plan long term for a theater at the Dandini Campus, we are thrilled to move forward with a new performance space at the Oddie District, a space that encourages collaboration and new connections for TMCC,” said Dr. Karin Hilgersom, president of TMCC.
“There’s a lot of potential with this space,” said Ron Marston, TMCC department chair of visual and performing arts. “After a year of COVID-19 and budget cuts, this theater can be a rebirth for our program. We can’t wait to get audiences in the seats.”
Designs will start on the theater in Fall 2021 with hopes to fully open in Fall 2022. TMCC expects to run two main productions per year along with smaller, student-led productions.
“The culture we’re fostering at The Oddie District is all about collaboration and innovation,” said Doug Wiele, president and founding partner of Foothill Partners. “It’ll be incredible to see the ways our other artist tenants will partner with TMCC’s theatrical ensembles.”
For more information and updates on The Oddie District, visit https://oddiedistrict.com.
About Foothill Partners, Inc.
Founded in 1994 by Douglas Wiele, Foothill Partners, Inc. is a daily-needs street-retail / mixed-use commercial property developer / owner based in El Dorado Hills, California and operating in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Foothill acquires, develops and operates properties in partnership with private and institutional real estate equity funds. Foothill Partners’ purpose is the re-integration in our communities of the Center of Commerce, the Center of Culture and the Center of Community in One Place™. Visit www.foothillpartners.com for more information.
About Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)
Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nev., and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With four college sites and more than 20 community locations, TMCC serves more than 11,000 students each year in state-supported programs and another 11,400 students in non-credit community education classes. For more information, please go to www.tmcc.edu.