Overview

We provide our clients with solid guidance and advice, in addition to expert planning, design, and technical services at all stages of a project — from inception to opening night.
Robert Campbell and Josh Dachs working on a project

Pictured: Robert (Bob) Campbell and Joshua Dachs working on project

Innovators and Experts

Because performing arts buildings are among the most complex and difficult of building types, and because performance requirements are constantly changing, theatre consulting has evolved into a highly specialized profession addressing the specific functional needs of theatres as well as the aspirations of their owners and operators, and the creative artists and performers who will use them.

As consultants to arts and cultural organizations, owners and architects, we often help review or write comprehensive building programs/briefs that fully meet the requirements of the users.

We collaborate with owners, artistic and management staff, architects, and users to help plan and design auditoriums, front and back-of-house layouts, production workshops, and offices.

We use proprietary software, state-of-the-art BIM tools, and advanced VR/AR visualization technology to design auditorium geometry that insures good sightlines, access, ADA compliance, comfort, and visual intimacy.

We design and specify theater equipment based on our deep understanding of production requirements.

Comprehensive Services
  • Feasibility and planning studies to assess community and organizational needs and develop a work plan leading to a buildable project
  • Needs analysis and program development to determine the physical requirements of performance, public and technical support spaces, as well as their capital and operating costs
  • Facility planning and design, from concept design through bid documents for performance spaces, public and support spaces, rehearsal rooms, and event spaces
  • Auditorium layout, including geometry, sightlines, seating plans, seat specification, and circulation
  • Design and specification of stage equipment, including:
    • Counterweight rigging
    • Motorized rigging
    • Light bridges and ladders
    • Motorized fire curtains
    • Orchestra pit lifts
    • Sound mix lifts
    • Scenery wagons
    • Stage lifts
    • Variable acoustic curtains
    • Orchestra shells
    • Adjustable acoustical canopies
    • Stage lighting control systems
    • Stage lighting fixtures
    • Concert lighting control systems
    • Fixed theater seating
    • Portable seating riser systems
    • Telescopic seating systems
    • Innovative flexible auditorium floor systems
We work on a wide range of projects, including:
  • Multipurpose theaters
  • Broadway-style roadhouses
  • Repertory theaters
  • Ballet and opera houses
  • Concert halls
  • College and university theaters
  • Museum theaters
  • Auditoriums and arenas
  • Experimental theaters
  • Outdoor amphitheaters
  • Cruise ship theaters
  • Renovation of historic theaters
  • Adaptive reuse of found spaces
  • Community theaters
  • Corporate auditoriums and event spaces
  • Commercial concert venues and clubs
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