The Alley Theatre is a work in progress. The theatre Nina Vance founded in 1947 opened a new building in 1968 with an 824-seat, three-quarter flexible thrust, the Hubbard Stage. Theatre consultant Bill Conner of Bill Conner Associates LLC says the Alley began seriously thinking about renovating the Hubbard in the 1980s. “My sense is that people found they wanted something different not long after its construction,” he says. But until now, no major renovation had been made to the Hubbard Stage, the larger of the Alley’s two stages, or to the public and backstage areas of the building.