Crisp, Full-Bodied Acoustics with a Clean Finish: Final Testing at Penn State

Recently a few hundred people were invited to spend a pleasant afternoon in the nearly complete School of Music recital hall at Penn State and serve as the audience for acoustic testing and tuning. Since the presence and size of an audience affects the acoustics of the recital hall, they were a critical part of the process.

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USITT Architecture Commission Tour

Tony signed himself and me up for the USITT Architecture Commission theater tours on Tuesday March 13, 2018. It was a long but rewarding day. Many thanks to David Vieira of WJHW and Richard Heisenbottle of RJHA for organizing and leading the tour, and the generous venue staffs for opening their doors to us.

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Theater Planning

Nextstage Design is pleased to announce the publication of Theater Planning by cofounder Gene Leitermann. This new book was developed out of the planning courses Gene teaches at Yale School of Drama and is informed by his more than 30 years of professional practice.

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Daylight in Auditoriums

Many pre-modern theaters were dependent on daylighting. This was obviously true of open air theaters—the theaters of ancient Greece and Rome, Japanese Noh theaters, Taoist temple theaters, the Spanish corrales de comedias, the public playhouses of Elizabethan England, and so on. Daylight was also the principal source of illumination in some indoor theaters, including the private Elizabethan playhouses.

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Conference Season Wrap-up

Nextstage attended several performing arts conferences this summer. An alphabet soup of organizations from TCG, to SCUP, to NATEAC. Conferences are our chance to check the pulse of performing arts among the practitioners at Theater Communications Group (TCG), campus planners at Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), and architects, engineers, and other theater planners at the Quadrennial North American Theater Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC).

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TCG Annual Conference

I just returned from the TCG annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio where I re-connected with many colleagues from my time there at Great Lakes Theater and Playhouse Square. Playhouse Square is now a vibrant urban center of arts, tourism, commerce, and residential real estate.

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