Nextstage Design, founded in 2014, is a theater design firm with decades of experience and a rich portfolio of completed work. We’re committed to serving our clients with fresh thinking about performance spaces, building communities around public art-making, and rejuvenating the human spirit through live performance. We’re dedicated to providing up-to-date, high-quality theater design and planning, while paying careful attention to the details that make for better buildings.

Founding partners Gene Leitermann and Tony Forman share 40 years of combined experience as theater design consultants. Previously, Gene and Tony held senior positions at Theatre Projects Consultants, where they were responsible for more than 100 building projects and studies.

At Nextstage Design, we understand the unprecedented challenges facing the performing arts today. We’re helping diverse clients to create environmentally and economically sustainable buildings for the twenty-first century. We’re ready to help you, too.

Nextstage Design Office

760 Chapel Street
New Haven
Connecticut 06510

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phone 203 936 6565

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm


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