Studio T+L Theatre Planning + Design

Our Theatres Work!

From the first idea for a new or renovated theatre to the opening night gala, we collaborate with our clients to design superb spaces that meet both their artistic and operational goals. Everyone on our staff began their careers designing theatre productions. Over the years we have used our in depth understanding of how theatre is made and how theaters work to design facilities that thoughtfully support theatre artists and their performances. Our theatre planning projects include:

  • Professional theatres
  • Community and semi-professional theatres
  • Historic theatres
  • Pop/rock concert venues
  • Recital halls
  • High school and university pre-professional theatres
  • High school and university multi-purpose theatres
  • Black box theatres
  • Amphitheatres
  • Corporate auditoriums
  • Television studios
  • Green/blue screen studios

Learn How Studio T+L Can Help You Create a Great Theatre

Theatre Planning

The early part of our work involves the theatre's layout and spatial organization. We spend a great deal of time working on the size and shape of spaces, adjacencies, and infrastructure throughout the building, both back stage and front of house. We start with the stage and house by looking at the performer/audience relationship and work outward. We create drawings and reports to keep the entire team informed of our work, and to confirm that we're meeting the owner's expectations. This early work can include:

  • Architectural feasibility studies
  • Facility programming, space planning and allocation, critical adjacencies
  • Budgeting
  • Determining the theatre form (stage/audience relationship)
  • Seating layouts and sightline studies
  • Stagehouse planning and design
  • Backstage planning and design, including dressing rooms,rehearsal rooms, scenery and costume shops, storage and loading docks
  • Front of house planning, including ticket booths, coat rooms,concession stands, and other audience amenities

Theatre Systems Design, Documentation + Specification

As a project progresses and we understand the types of productions and the needs of the users, we turn our attention to the systems that support those productions. We design, draw, and specify the systems, and provide the architect and engineers with information they need to integrate our work into the building. This work may include:

  • Seating layout and seating systems
  • Manual and/or motorized rigging systems
  • Orchestra pit and stage lifts
  • Orchestra shells
  • Stage and architectural lighting control systems
  • Stage lighting fixtures and accessories
  • Stage and acoustic drapery
  • Repertory lighting design

Click here for our theatre consulting FAQ.

Click Here for a longer explanation of what we do.

Let's Talk

Are you thinking about renovating your theatre or building a new one? If so, we can help.
Send us a message
or give us a call at 718.788.0588. We're always happy to talk about theatre!