How Studio T+L Works With Theatre Companies


a booklet describing our Theatre Planning Expertise


Whether your theatre company is just beginning to think about building a new theatre, or you have already decided the type of renovation your current theatre needs, the basics of how Studio T+L will work with you are nearly the same. From the first idea for a new or renovated theatre to the opening night gala, we collaborate with theatre companies, architects, engineers, and artists to design superb spaces that meet the company's artistic and production goals.

One of the early considerations is contract organization. Some theatre companies prefer to have only one contract, with an architect. The architect brings the rest of the design team (theatre consultant, acoustician, AV consultant, engineers, etc.) to the table and holds all of their contracts. In those cases Studio T+L is under contract to the architect, and works as a member of the architect’s team

Other theatre companies prefer to have more control by selecting the theatre consultant (and possibly the acoustician and AV consultant) on their own, establishing contracts with these key players 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 and control system, don’t require a whole design team. In those instances we are hired by the theatre company and collaborate with their in house team to develop, document, and specify the design.

The services we provide vary from one project to the next based on the project’s scale and scope. 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 theatre company, architect, and engineers.

Your staff has work to do, so while we value their input, we don’t expect them to do our work. (See our FAQ page for more on this.)  As theatre planners and designers we have over a decade of experience with all types of theatres. We thoroughly understand the factors involved in space planning, seating and sightlines, and theatre systems. As theatre professionals ourselves, we understand how theatre is made. Since many of our designers are now in our third or fourth decade of professional production work, we understand the current state of technology and also see the trends. We use this knowledge to future-proof our work by designing flexible and open systems wherever possible.  The result is that our theatres work!

Once engaged on a project we listen carefully to understand each theatre company's production and non-production needs. We explain those needs to the rest of the design team through drawings and reports to realize a project’s goals through imaginative, appropriate, and cost-conscious solutions. This collaboration results in an appropriately designed theatre where the performers and 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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