The Project

A Theatre Complex
Like No Other

The Tahoe Regional Arts Foundation will develop The Stages at Northstar as a unique facility where traditional and creative works in both visual and performing arts will be developed and presented for residents and visitors alike. The Stages at Northstar will enrich the culture of our community and provide a home for arts to thrive, from our local youth to the world’s top performers.

As a regional theatre complex, The Stages features three primary performance venues plus exceptional space for visual arts and special events. The 22 acres and approximate 75,000 square-foot complex is currently designed to feature:

(note: final architectural design subject to change)

Professional state-of-the-art indoor proscenium theatre

with seating for 650 patrons.

Versatile black box theatre

with flexible seating up to 150 for arts education, community group performances, lectures, and meetings.

Exceptionally beautiful outdoor amphitheatre

with flexible seating up to 3,500.

Visually stunning 220-seat multi-purpose room

with beautiful mountain views for smaller performances, visual arts exhibitions, film festivals, rehearsals, lectures, corporate meetings, and special events.

Large Lobby

for special events, artist receptions, visual arts gallery, corporate meetings, private events, art auctions, and fundraising events.

Special outdoor courtyard

that can be used for special events, public and private receptions, music performances, corporate events, visual arts exhibitions, and festivals.

Conference and classroom

space for corporate, educational, nonprofit, and local group events.

Ample existing parking

A Commitment to Our Environment

A Commitment to Our Environment

The Board of Directors overseeing The Stages at Northstar is dedicated to the health and vitality of the region, including the environmental impact of the theatre complex. Environmentally-sensitive construction and sustainable operating practices are included throughout the project. Examples include:

Land Stewardship:

The Stages footprint is designed to minimize the environmental impact. As such, the vast majority of the 22-acre site will remain natural forest land.

Visual Impact:

The Stages are being strategically designed as a striking and beautiful architectural sculpture within the mountain landscape.  Those looking back towards the valley from mid mountain will still see a pleasant view, with the complex appearing to be nestled into the surrounding habitat.

Green Building & Operations:

The new facilities will aspire to the highest level of LEED and WELL Building certifications.

Energy Efficiency:

Current planning for the building and complex includes systems for renewable energy, natural lighting, energy efficiency, and consideration of the life-cycle cost of materials.

Traffic & Transportation:

The Stages is conveniently located between I-80 and Lake Tahoe, making it easily accessible with valet services, shuttles and public transportation options. Programming will be coordinated with Northstar operations and events to minimize traffic on Hwy 267 and in the neighborhood. Additionally, the location includes existing parking, eliminating the need to build a large parking lot or structure.


The topography of the area, architectural planning and site positioning of the theatres are all purposefully being used in the design of The Stages to keep noise levels below acceptable levels in the surrounding area. Additional studies are also underway to identify further means of mitigating potential noise issues for the Northstar neighborhood and in the Martis Valley.


The early business plan for The Stages has already identified the need for administrative policies that will address consumables including paper, cleaning products, printing, and electronic communication. Additional requirements and policies will be set for concession items and catering supplies.

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