Gene Leitermann ASTC

Gene is co-founder of Nextstage Design. He worked as a stage carpenter and dimming system designer prior to joining Systems Design Associates, a New Haven-based theater design consulting firm, where he spent 12 years including 6 as vice president. He began working at Theatre Projects Consultants as a senior consultant in 1996, and led the US office from 2003 until 2014, when he left to form Nextstage Design. Gene serves on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, has lectured internationally, and has provided public testimony, code change proposals, and written commentary to the National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and United States Access Board.  He has collaborated with many of the top-ranked architects in the United States on nearly every type of performing arts facility.

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Tony Forman ASTC

Tony is co-founder of Nextstage Design. He worked in major opera houses—including New York City Opera during Beverly Sills’s tenure—toured with the Royal Ballet, taught technical production and oversaw operations for the School of Theater at CalArts, managed Madison Repertory Theatre, and established the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee. When Tony joined Theatre Projects Consultants in 2007, he realized he had found his calling in the specialized field of theater planning and design. His diverse perspectives help him see what artists need and audiences enjoy. Tony brings a focus on high-quality, imaginative theater design that communities will value for generations to come.

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Matt Welander

Matt is a theater designer at Nextstage Design. His early production experience includes work as a stage carpenter, electrician, rigger, and stage manager for New York Fringe Festival, Big Red Media, the Juilliard School, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Matt joined Theatre Projects Consultants as a theater designer and project manager in 2009, and left in 2012 to join the faculty at Yale School of Drama as assistant professor and technical director—positions he still holds. Matt has also worked as a designer and drafter for LVH Entertainment Systems. He brings diverse experiences in theater and opera productions, teaching, manufacturing, and consulting to his work for our clients.

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Erich Bolton

Erich is a system designer at Nextstage Design. He is projection supervisor at Yale Repertory Theatre and an assistant professor at Yale School of Drama, where he teaches courses in projection engineering, control systems for live entertainment, and digital technologies. Erich has designed numerous video, LED, automation, network, and control systems for Hudson Scenic Studio, including two theaters for Disney Cruise Lines, many Broadway shows and tours, and several parade floats for Disney’s Magic Kingdom. His strong engineering background and diverse theatrical experience give him a unique perspective on the design of user-friendly, mission-critical systems that fit our clients’ needs.

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