ASTC Names New Fellows and Accepts New Members
Salt Lake City, UT – The American Society of Theatre Consultants has recognized two members for their outstanding service to the society and to the profession at its Business Meeting held in conjunction with the USITT Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.
Robert Shook, FASTC of Schuler Shook and Michael McMackin, FASTC of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander are recipients for 2016. Mr. Shook has served as ASTC Board President, started the Publications Committee and has a distinguished body of performing arts design work. Heather McAvoy, ASTC stated, “In addition to serving as our President, Bob has been a consistent and significant contributor to the growth of ASTC and to the theatre architecture industry in general through his design work, teaching and participation in associated organizations.”
Mr. McMackin has served as the ASTC President and Vice-President, has contributed to many initiatives of the society and has a portfolio of high quality performing arts design. Edward Kaye, ASTC noted, “Mike is the epitome of an individual deserving Fellowship recognition as he has rendered significant service to ASTC for so many years, including several terms as President.” A very limited percentage of the membership of ASTC can be named Fellows, so this is a significant honor. ASTC was founded in 1983 and currently has 73 full members and two associate members representing 31 consulting companies in the US and Canada. Now in its 33rd year, ASTC has now awarded the honor of Fellow to five members.
Also at the Spring Business Meeting, Josh Allen of Theatre Consultants Collaborative (TCC) was selected as a full member. Grace Gavin Rhodes of Wrightson Johnson Haddon Williams (WJHW), who was a member in the past, has been returned to active status after time out of the country. A complete list of members and their contact information is available on the ASTC website – Membership Roster.
By Paul Sanow, ASTC