Joseph Mobilia
 Associate Principal
Joseph Mobilia, Associate Principal, joined FDA in 1977. As a project manager, he specializes in facility programming, and also has overall responsibility for the design and specification of stage machinery, including rigging and lifts.

He was project manager for the new home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, renovation and equipment replacement at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale (an FDA project first in 1991), and the restoration of Radio City Music Hall. As the head of FDA's rigging and stage equipment department, Joe has designed innovative technical systems at acclaimed performing arts centers and regional theatres all over the country.

Much of his work involves meeting the many technical demands of multipurpose theatres, particularly for orchestra shells and variable acoustics. Applying the acoustical consultant's physical criteria, he has devised sophisticated motorized systems for the orchestra shell ceilings at Wolf Trap, Bass Hall, NJPAC, Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

Joe also has led the planning and programming for much of FDA's college and university work, including theatres at Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown universities; the University of Northern Iowa; as well as the University of North Texas at Denton, the Eastman School of Music, Western Connecticut State University, MIT, Salem State University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

He was principal consultant for the Claire Tow Theatre at Lincoln Center. He presently is leading FDA's team at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, the 11,000-seat Muny Theatre in St. Louis, renovation of the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, and the new arts complex for the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District.

He has helped to create innovative systems to solve problems in historic structures like Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi Newhouse Theatres at Lincoln Center, and Ford's Theater in Washington DC.

Joe has been involved with many of FDA's projects at museums and cultural centers, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Music Center in Calgary, and the auditorium at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. He led FDA's work on the award-winning McGuire theatre at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He is currently working on a performance space for the Motown Museum in Detroit.

A graduate of Harvard University, he received a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies and has subsequently been a guest lecturer at Harvard. Before turning to theatre consulting, he worked as a set designer and scene painter, and design and technical assistant on Broadway shows and on productions at the New York City Opera. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants. His wife, Wendy Smith, is the author of "Real Life Drama: A History of the Group Theatre."

jmobilia@fda-online.com