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ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2017

Posted on April 11th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, USITT. Comments Off on ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2017

Entrants to the 5th annual ASTC USITT Renovation Challenge presented their projects on March 10th at the 57th USITT Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. The challenge is designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students in real world theatre renovation problem solving. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a mentor from the American Society of Theater Consultants. Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and Jury of ASTC members at a USITT Conference Session.

The $1,000 Edgar L. Lustig Honor Award was given to Johanna Miller, Erin Collopy and Zachary Briscoe undergraduate architecture students from Florida State University for their project in which they proposed to renovate the Drama Department’s Lab Theatre for back stage and front of house functional improvements. Their Theater … Read More »


THE ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Renovation Challenge 2017

Posted on December 18th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on THE ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Renovation Challenge 2017

ASTC, in conjunction with USITT, once again hosts a theoretical design project for university and college students. The next presentation will be held March 10, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. READ MORE….


ASTC/USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2016

Posted on April 19th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, USITT. Comments Off on ASTC/USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2016

Three teams presented their projects for the 2016 ASTC-USITT Renovation Challenge on March 18 at the USITT Conference in Salt Lake City.  The Renovation Challenge has been designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students in real world theatre renovation problem solving. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a mentor from the American Society of Theatre Consultants.   Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and Jury of ASTC members at a USITT Conference Session.

The $750 Honor Award was given to KelseyLiz Habla and Charles Canfield, undergraduate architecture students from University at Buffalo for their adaptive-reuse project in which they proposed to renovate the historic Cyclorama Building in Buffalo, which currently houses an accounting firm, into a new indoor home for the theatre company … Read More »


The ASTC – USITT Student Theatre Renovation Challenge 2017

Posted on March 17th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, General ASTC News, USITT. Comments Off on The ASTC – USITT Student Theatre Renovation Challenge 2017

ASTC and USITT announce the fourth Annual collaborative project between university students and ASTC member theatre consultants. Projects will be presented at the USITT 2017 Annual Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri March 8-11. By working together with a professional theatre consultant as a mentor, students will learn more about how venues are designed or renovated. Additionally students will see performance spaces differently and be exposed to other available career paths within the entertainment industry. Teams may consist of undergraduate or graduate theatre students and should be under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Working together, the teams will select a theoretical project on or near the team’s campus. They will survey and study the current conditions and develop a plan to renovate the subject space to meet the team’s stated goals. Potential projects include:

Substantial improvements … Read More »


The Renovation Challenge for 2016

Posted on September 16th, by Paul Sanow in College/University Challenge, Theatre Consultants, USITT. Comments Off on The Renovation Challenge for 2016

A career in theatrical design or stage crew work isn’t the only choice for technical theatre students. In an effort to expose students to other available career paths, ASTC and The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) teamed up in 2014 to create the ASTC-USITT Student Theatre Renovation Challenge. The Challenge is a long-term project where ASTC Members “mentor” teams of university students to plan and design a theoretical renovation of an existing facility.

By working together with an ASTC professional theatre consultant, the team explores how a facility is used and impacts live presentation. Teams are given wide latitude to determine what will be renovated and how to present their work. Projects may include modifying an existing theatre or even repurposing an existing building into a new performing arts space. Along the way, the team will learn about and … Read More »


The ASTC – USITT Student Theatre Renovation Challenge 2016

Posted on April 28th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, USITT. Comments Off on The ASTC – USITT Student Theatre Renovation Challenge 2016

ASTC and USITT announce the Third Annual collaborative project between university students and ASTC member theatre consultants. Projects will be presented at the USITT 2016 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah March 16-19. By working together with a professional theatre consultant as a mentor, students will learn more about how venues are designed or renovated. Additionally students will see performance spaces differently and be exposed to other available career paths within the entertainment industry. Teams may consist of undergraduate or graduate theatre students and should be under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Working together, the teams will select a theoretical project on or near the team’s campus. They will survey and study the current conditions and develop a plan to renovate the subject space to meet the team’s stated goals. Potential projects include:

  • Substantial improvements to an existing theatre
  • Conversion of non-performance space into a new performance space
  • Changing the form and function of an existing theatre.

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The ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2015

Posted on August 7th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants, USITT. Comments Off on The ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2015

Deadline Extended!

ASTC is pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for Applications to the 2015 ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge.  The extra time will permit more teams to submit.  This is a unique opportunity for theatre tech student to explore the spaces that they work in from a very different perspective under the guidance of an ASTC member Theatre Consultant. As Jules Lauve, ASTC Mentor to the team from Stephen F. Austin State University said during last year’s competition, “This has been a truly rewarding and fulfilling process. The students I am working with have been 100% committed and have grown tremendously. They’ve proven to be true winners regardless of any judging results. As is typical at this level, mentoring is a two-way street, and I am sure I learned as much or more from the mentees as they from me.”   … Read More »


ASTC – USITT Venue Renovation Challenge

Posted on April 5th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants, USITT. Comments Off on ASTC – USITT Venue Renovation Challenge

On March 29, 2014 awards for the first annual ASTC/USITT Venue Renovation Challenge were presented in Fort Worth, Texas at the 54th annual USITT Conference and Expo. Three teams of student USITT members participated in a challenge designed to engage students in real world theatre renovation problems under the guidance of practicing professional theatre consultants. Each team selected an existing venue and developed a scope of work for practical improvements to a building as a performance venue. Students presented their design concepts to a live audience at a USITT Panel.

The participants from the three teams included 1. Amanda Warren and Jason Monmaney from Stephen F. Austin State University with Jules Lauve, ASTC; 2. Sandy Everett, Meghan Potter, Jeff Lindquist, Brad Shaw & John Houtler-McCoy from Indiana University with Van Phillips, ASTC; and 3. Andy Baker, Evan Bunner, Shane Cinal and … Read More »


The ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2014

Posted on October 28th, by Michael McMackin in College/University Challenge, General ASTC News. Comments Off on The ASTC USITT Student/Consultant Theatre Renovation Challenge 2014

ASTC and USITT announce a collaborative regional project that will culminate in a panel presentation at the USITT 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, March 26th to March 29th. Student members of USITT will work with ASTC member theatre consultants in their areas. They will select a space on the students’ campus as the subject of a theoretical renovation. The student/consultant team will tour the selected space, study and discuss the existing conditions and current use. Through a collaborative and interactive process, the students and consultant will develop a plan for the potential renovation of the subject space for an actual or fictitious performing arts program of the team’s choice. The conceptual renovation plan may focus on any aspects of the space to achieve a specific objective or objectives. Some possibilities for renovation concepts are:

Functional improvements to an existing theatre
Meet … Read More »