VENICE, Fla. – Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors, a multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, announced on Feb. 18, 2021 the company has partnered with Venice Theatre and will spearhead new growth initiatives across its campus.

Sweet Sparkman will immediately oversee the planning and redesign of three buildings located on Venice Theatre’s sprawling campus, including the Main Performance Building, Technical Arts Building and a recently purchased Arts Education Building. Additionally, SSAI will provide conceptual master planning services to Venice Theatre for all future growth opportunities.

“We understand that creating the best possible outcomes requires the combination of dedication, creativity and raw talent. We know Sweet Sparkman’s team brings that to the table and will be an incredible partner for helping us shape the future of Venice Theatre,” said Venice Theatre’s Producing Executive Director Murray Chase.

Redevelopment initiatives for the buildings are expected to start on May 3, 2021. They will be scheduled over a three-year period to facilitate the least possible disruption of Venice Theatre’s programming and services. Work is currently planned to begin first at the Technical Arts Building, Main Performance Building, and new Arts Education building, respectively.

The Arts Education Building will see the most significant change as a result of the initiative, which will transform the one-story, 9,300 square foot former temporary site of the Venice Public Library. The redesign will create spaces for classroom and rehearsal areas, a complete review of its electrical and lighting systems, new flooring, as well as other changes to meet A.D.A. compliance. Expected upgrades will also encompass cosmetic improvements to the exterior of the building and rooms. State-of-the-art sound, lighting, intercom, video, and security will also be installed to improve the space’s functionality.  

A significant focus will be on assessing much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the Technical Arts and Arts Education buildings, each in need of a full roof replacement, weather tightening assessments, a complete HVAC system review and more.

Finally, changes with the Main Performance Building will enhance production capabilities and modernize its ergonomics, as well as cosmetic remodeling to its lobby and restrooms.

“We are thrilled to collaborate on this ambitious next phase for Venice Theatre,” said SSAI partner, John Bryant, AIA, LEED AP. “We look forward to helping further Venice Theatre’s role as a cultural centerpiece for the arts community across South West Florida through inspired, functional design.”

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About Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors:

Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors (SSAI) is a multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm specializing in community-oriented projects and high-end residential, as well as interior design. Established in 2002, the award-winning firm has based its success on actively listening to clients’ goals and careful analysis of every parameter of the project, including financial, physical, social, and environmental. Based in Sarasota, Florida, SSAI’s international team of bold, inventive and curious designers propels collective creativity and inspires big ideas. For more information, visit

About Venice Theatre Inc.

Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 Tampa Ave. W. in Venice, FL. Its Jervey Theatre offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre's Stage 2 Series and Cabaret Festival. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.

Feb. 18, 2021