How Studio T+L Works With Educational Institutions


a booklet describing our Theatre Planning Expertise


Studio T+L's goal in working with educational institutions is to design a theatre that is appropriate for the students and faculty it will serve.  We know how theatre is made.  We understand how theatre systems operate.  Most of our team teaches, or has taught, theatre at the college level.  We bring this background to each project, while listening to the owner and users to understand their specific needs.  We then set out to design a theatre and theatre systems that are appropriate to the educational and artistic goals of the institution and its faculty.

Whether you are a school district planning a new high school theatre, a college renovating a multi-purpose theatre, or a university needing a new pre-professional theatre, the basics of how Studio T+L will work with you are very similar.   Our relationship to the project team can take one of three forms.

  • Most educational institutions prefer to have a single contract with an architect, who holds the contracts for all of the consultants. In those cases Studio T+L is likely to be brought to the project by the architect and work as a member of the architect’s team.
  • Some owners prefer to hold the theatre consultant’s contract directly. If so, we report directly to the owner and are an active member of the design team working on the owner’s behalf.
  • Some projects, such as replacing a dimming system, don’t require an architect. In those instances we would be hired by the school and collaborate with the school’s stakeholders to develop, document, and specify the design.

Regardless of the contract method, it’s important to note that we don’t work in a vacuum. We believe that design is as much a process, requiring the active involvement of the owner and design team, as it is a product delivered at the end of construction. The development and progress of our work is dependent on input and steady collaboration with the design team, owner, and users.

The services we provide vary from one project to the next based on the project’s scale and scope.  A complete list of our services is here.   Once engaged on a project we listen carefully to understand each school’s production and educational needs.  This collaboration results in an appropriately designed theatre where the student performers and the audience share the excitement of a live production


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To learn more about what we do, how we work, or discuss a possible project, give us a call at 718.788.0588.
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