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Up & onward: we've moved!

November 29, 2018

Thanks to all of our engaging and hardworking colleagues, collaborators, and friends, we're moving up in the world! We have a new office at Agora New Haven, and a new office coordinator NJ Ollsten! Thanks for keeping us so busy. We're looking forward to hustling even harder in 2019, so stay tuned for updates on our projects, thoughts about theater design, and other news from NHV. Cheers from Tony, Gene, Matt, Erich, and NJ as you and yours continue to make the world a brighter place (with a little drama thrown in for good measure).

Gene will be joining a slate of recently published writers at USITT Book Signing Event

Room: 208 Bookstore
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Gene will be joining a slate of recently published writers at USITT Book Signing Event

Room: 208 Bookstore
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

From the USITT site:

Come mingle with recent USITT authors and celebrate the best in writing about design, technology, & management. Throughout this light reception, authors will available to discuss their books and sign copies or bookplates (all available for purchase at the bookstore). At the beginning of this event, we will celebrate the best of writing with the presentation of the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award for The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, by Karen Maness and Richard Isackes and the presentation of Herbert D. Greggs Awards to Kim Poppiti and Deanna Fitzgerald for exceptional writing in TD&T.

Member authors include:

3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design by Anne McMillsAutomated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Light by Richard Cadena

Digital Costume Design and Collaboration: Applications in Academia, Theatre, and Film by Rafael Jaen

Show Networks and Control Systems, Second Edition by John Huntington

Stock Scenery Construction Handbook by Mike Monsos

The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can't Eat for Theatre, Film and TV by Tamara Honesty and Karestin Harrison

Theater Planning: Facilities for Performing Arts and Live Entertainment by Gene Leitermann

Too Much is Not Enough: The History of Harriett's Closet by Kristina Tollefson and Jodi Ozimek

Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design by E. Shura Pollatsek


Made in New Haven

March 15, 2017

We are proud to be part of the "Made in New Haven" campaign to showcase New Haven as a home for people with great ideas. 

New Haven has long been a place where industrious and creative-minded people can develop businesses and thrive, with support from their community. It’s been true through the City’s history, and today many are carrying on the legacy.


Theater Planning

January 6, 2017

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. It provides an up-to-date, detailed, and coherent introduction to North American theater planning and design practice. Part I describes the process of designing and building for the performing arts and live entertainment, while Part II details the technical requirements of these special buildings. Extensive line drawings illustrate each concept and provide a valuable reference not previously available. 

Visit routledge.com to order your copy!

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-13-888898-2
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-13-888900-2


Fine Arts Center and Gymnasium

February 12, 2016

Nextstage Design is collaborating with builder JM Coull, Dixon Salo Architects, and Acentech Studio A on a new 33,000 sf fine arts center and gymnasium for the pre-K through 12 Whitinsville Christian School in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. The new building will provide greatly enhanced athletic and performing arts facilities for the school's 550 students. Headmaster Lance Engbers calls the new facility a "game changer" for the school.

SCUP 50th Annual International Conference

July 28, 2015

Gene recently returned from the annual conference of the Society of College and University Planners in Chicago. SCUP runs a great conference. The presentations are thoughtful, and it's always great delight to connect with old friends and to meet new people. Nextstage Design was a conference sponsor and contributed this five-minute primer on performance venues on college campuses.

Take a look!

TCG Annual Conference

June 30, 2015

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. Partnerships fostered by Playhouse Square Foundation and other foundations in Cleveland have brought two major regional theaters, one of the nation’s largest Broadway touring venues, public broadcasting, and Cleveland State University together to create an active and fun quadrant of the city. The restoration of five theaters in a two block area has paid off in spades! Kudos to all! Did I mention the huge outdoor chandelier?
The conference was full of terrific sessions and inspiring speakers. Lisa Kron gave a candid and insightful look into her creative process, and Dave Isay told of the poignant power of the StoryCorps project to name just two. I have been attending TCG conferences for many of the 25 years that TCG was celebrating this year, and it is impressive how the organization has continued to be relevant and an agent of change for the professional non-profit theater in this country. I was well above the average age of the attendees, which in this case is a great thing! The future of theater is exciting, evolving, and energizing.

Whitney Museum of American Art

June 09, 2015

The Nextstage Design roadshow—Gene, Tony, and intern Mitchell Cramond—paid a visit to Tony’s latest project in New York City. Tony was theater planner and project manager for the recently opened Whitney Museum until the very final stages of construction. He worked with museum staff, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Cooper Robertson and Partners on the 200-seat multipurpose theater and 50-seat film and video gallery. (This was while Tony was at Theatre Projects.) Our host was theater manager Lana Mione—in her fifth week on the job! She and Tony discussed the theater and its equipment. Their verdict so far—the room is both exquisitely detailed and highly functional.

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Overture Center for the Arts

May 23, 2015

When Gene’s family attended a wedding in Madison, Wisconsin, he jumped at the chance to show his children the Overture Center. Their gracious guide was Theater Technician Davin Pickell—he toured the group through every major space, from the orchestra lift machinery pit to the rooftop! Gene worked on the Overture Center for six years as project manager and (later) principal in charge for Theatre Projects. The center opened in phases, from late 2004 to mid-2006, and the building recently celebrated ten years of operation. You wouldn’t know it to look at it—the building is well cared for. Madison loves the Overture Center, and it shows.

UMASS Boston General Academic Building No. 1

May 20, 2015

Tony recently visited the construction site for General Academic Building No. 1 on Harbor Point in Boston. The visit was arranged by Bill Wilson and Samir Srouji of Wilson Architects. Tony worked closely with Wilson Architects on the spaces for the Department of Performing Arts—a 150-seat recital hall, 200-seat flexible theater, shops, rehearsal rooms, and studios. (He was theater planner from pre-design through early construction while he was with Theatre Projects.) The new 230,000 square foot $113 million building opens this year.