Adam Huggard
 Associate Principal
Adam is a gifted designer and project manager.  Prior to joining FDA in 1998, Adam wore many hats both in the technical and design aspects of theatre, and is thus able to synthesize a mix of perspectives from these viewpoints. His expertise lies not only in the theatre arts, but in CAD modeling and programming. He provides computer modeling skills on a number of projects, and is routinely called upon to write new software to help FDA's design team realize its visions. Additionally, he takes on many of the FDA's special projects, such as stage floor design.

He has worked on academic as well as professional theatre projects.  Currently, he is working on the reimagining of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. He was project manager for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut, the theatre for Performing Arts Burlington in Ontario, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Ontario, a new studio for the University of Maine at Farmington and renovations to his alma mater -- Ithaca College.  He has managed many award winning projects, such as the renovation of the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn.; the Walker Art Center's Studio Theatre in Minneapolis; Simon's Rock College of Bard, in Great Barrington, MA; The Phantom Theatre at the Venetian Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas and a new recital hall at Drew University.

Previously, he helped design and specify state-of-the-art stage lighting systems for the renovation of Radio City Music Hall in New York. He has provided lighting and rigging expertise for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin; the renovation of the Historic Apollo Theatre in New York; California Institute of the Arts' new multipurpose theatre in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford, Ct.; the Hobby Center in Houston; the Hollywood Bowl; McCarter Theatre in Princeton; the new Shubert Theatre on 42nd Street; and the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

In his first three years at FDA, Adam designed theatre lighting systems for 17 performance spaces on ten Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines luxury ships, working in Turku, Finland, Saint Nazaire, France, and Papenberg, Germany.  At Miami Performing Arts Center, he collaborated on the design of a unique stage lighting system integrated in the orchestra shell canopy of the new concert hall.

Before coming to FDA, he worked at several regional and summer stock theatre companies including the Williamstown Theatre Festival. While at FDA, he has done contract scenic and lighting design, special effects rigging and visualization for theatre designs. His scenic design for "The Man Who Could See through Time" at Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut won the Connecticut Critic's Circle Award (2001).

Adam is a 1998 graduate of Ithaca College, with a BFA in Theatrical Production Arts, with a concentration in lighting and scenic design.

ahuggard@fda-online.com