General ASTC News


ASTC Forum in the Big Easy – 2015

Posted on April 14th, by Kent Conrad in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on ASTC Forum in the Big Easy – 2015

Every fall the American Society of Theatre Consultants holds a Forum for its members, this past year in New Orleans. The Forum is centered around a particular topic of current interest. This year’s topic was “Renovations”. 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 »


Some Free (Theatre) Advice

Posted on September 16th, by Paul Sanow in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on Some Free (Theatre) Advice

Welcome to the first issue of the new digital edition of ASTC:Notes.   Tell your friends and colleagues. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive the newsletter here.

For more than 30 years the American Society of Theatre Consultants has championed the need for professional consultants to be part of the design team for assembly spaces. ASTC members consult on every type of performance venue, from traditional theatres to cruise ships and from music halls to houses of worship. As professional theatre planners and consultants, ASTC members are uniquely qualified to assist architects, engineers, owners and users to design great entertainment and assembly spaces. In addition, members of ASTC frequently speak at industry conferences, are involved in the development of codes that affect assembly spaces, and write articles for a wide variety of industry publications.

This new digital edition of our … Read More »


Forums Past and Present

Posted on September 16th, by Heather McAvoy in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on Forums Past and Present

 

Every autumn the American Society of Theatre Consultants sponsors an ASTC Forum for members to explore in depth an idea or theme pertaining to performing arts facilities. The Forum typically revolves around tours of performing arts buildings and seminars related to the theme.

The ASTC Forum 2015 will be held September 25-27 at the Hotel Dupuy in New Orleans. Our theme is “Renovations” and our tentative plans include tours of recently renovated Saenger Theater, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina and the Old US Mint, which has been renovated to include a music venue. Our members will also share presentations of particularly unusual or challenging renovation projects. As we always do at each of our gatherings, we make time to discuss various topics of interest and to share the benefit of our experience and practices with our colleagues across the … Read More »


New ASTC Members 2015

Posted on September 16th, by Kent Conrad in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on New ASTC Members 2015

The American Society of Theatre Consultants was founded in 1983 and currently has 74 full members and two associate members representing 31 consulting companies. Now in our 32nd year, we have initiated an honorary Fellow designation and have awarded this distinction to five ASTC members. At our previous ASTC Forum, the following four individuals were elected to full membership: Todd Berling of Harvey Marshall Berling Associates; D. Andrew Gibbs from D.A. Gibbs and Associates; Fritz Schwentker of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc.; and Christopher Sprague of Schuler Shook. S. Lars Klein, an independent consultant and project manager, was elected as an associate member. A complete list of members and their contact information is available on the ASTC website, ASTC MEMBERSHIP ROSTER.

By Kent Conrad, ASTC

Click to go to “ASTC:Notes Fall 2015″ newsletter for all … Read More »


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 »


ASTC Announces Acceptance of New Members

Posted on November 7th, by Michael McMackin in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on ASTC Announces Acceptance of New Members

The American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) is pleased to announce the following six theatre consultants who have been admitted into membership after having demonstrated a broad range of capability and experience necessary to fulfill the ASTC requirements.

Accepted as Full ASTC Members:

Tony Forman, Senior Consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc. Tony has over 25 years of experience working in international, regional and college theatre. Joining TPC in 2007, he has provided project management, programming, theatre planning and consultation on facility management and operations. He has served as project manager on the renovation, refurbishment and new construction of more than thirty venues for TPC.

Robert Hill, Senior Associate with Auerbach • Pollock • Friedlander. Robert joined the San Francisco office in 2006 working as project manager, senior consultant and designer. He brings more than fifteen years of technical theatre and theatrical lighting … 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
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Welcome to the new ASTC Website!

Posted on May 17th, by opera in General ASTC News, Theatre Consultants. Comments Off on Welcome to the new ASTC Website!

Welcome to the all new American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) website!  We are very proud of our contemporary look and improved functions. The site is now compatible with mobile devices and we’ve added new images from our members’ portfolios.   These new graphics on our home page represent a broad range of our members’ work including television studios, theatre art complexes, historic theatre refurbishments, concert halls, community theatres, Las Vegas-style showrooms, cruise ship theatres, dance stages and outdoor amphitheaters.

ASTC is an association of the most talented and brightest theatre designers found anywhere.  ASTC has fostered the advancement of theatre design and the growth of our industry by sharing experience amongst our members for the past 30 years primarily through twice-yearly meetings.  The meetings are held in various locations across North America to collaborate with industry leaders and explore specific aspects … Read More »