You can feel the energy when you walk through the space – hear the echoes from 100 years of musicians, dancers and performers who came before. Dormant for more than 10 years, The Emery bares the beautiful bones of one of Cincinnati's most historical treasures. The peeling paint, the plastic-covered seats – reminders of the energy and vitality that once sparked countless acts of creativity.
As a replica of New York's Carnegie Hall, and with an acoustically pure symphony space, The Emery is a rare jewel – an artistic hub for community and collaboration unlike any other in the region. The time to bring it all back to life is now.
One sprawling stage, 1,600 seats, seven floors with space for studios and workshops.
119,439 square feet of artistic possibility.
IMAGINE A PLACE
Imagine a place where personal expression is a deeply held value – and where galleries and exhibitions connect and inspire the entire community. Imagine a place with artistically based programming, education and community initiatives designed to support designers, students, performers, writers, instructors and patrons.
Imagine a place with workshops and classes – where artists learn to hone their skills to add even more value in the workforce. And a range of performances that attracts a diverse audience, which in turn funnels more money, resources and investment into surrounding businesses and venues.
Learn more about the significant historical value of The Emery, and then volunteer, donate, sponsor and help.
The revival of Cincinnati's Emery Theatre is The Requiem Project: the development of an innovative arts destination for creative possibility. The Requiem Project believes meaningful artistic interactions create community. Art Moves Here.
The heartbeat of The Requiem Project is the creation of this space for creative possibility. The Emery aims to offer opportunities to listen to passionate voices through artistically based programming, education and community initiatives.
The Requiem Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts company with a mission is to re-establish an acoustically pure historical treasure, The Emery. We will transform the theatre into a unique venue that encourages creative growth, fosters a multitude of opportunities for artistic collaborations, and offers arts-based educational opportunities through dance, music, theatre, visual and interdisciplinary artistic expressions.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE REVIVAL OF THE EMERY
A note from Artistic Directors Tina and Tara
We had been working together in New York City in 2008, when Tina received a tragic and unforgettable phone call. Lynn, her mother, had suddenly passed away. Without answers, just heartbreak, Tina returned to Cincinnati to be with her family.
Months later, still with unyielding sadness, we both assessed the feasibility of working in New York in the wake of Lynn’s passing. In Cincinnati, on November 11, 2008, Lynn’s birthday, we crossed paths with The Emery Theatre.
One hundred years ago, philanthropist Mary Emery bequeathed The Emery Theatre, a 1,600-seat, acoustically pure symphony hall, to the city for “civic betterment.” The theatre has been dormant, without a vision for re-opening, for more than 15 years – and thus we found our mission and calling: a Requiem Project in honor of Lynn.
"We named our company The Requiem Project because it means
reclaiming — resurrection — rising."
We established The Requiem Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts company, to re-establish The Emery as a space for creative possibility. And since that day, November 11 has been more than a bittersweet date; it’s been a sign and symbol for our company. By serendipity or plain coincidence, we were handed our first contract for The Emery on November 11, 2009 – and we decided to open the doors of the theatre on November 11, 2011.
Today, The Requiem Project is about honoring Mary Emery’s 100-year-old mission and enlivening the present so that The Emery can continue on as a hub for art making for the next 100 years.
- Tina Manchise and Tara Lindsey Gordon