The Joy of Flex: Measuring the Value of Flexible Theatres
Yes, they can be configured – but are our flexible theatres providing sufficient artistic value for their operational costs? Two theatre consultants and an artistic director will examine tough questions related to flexible venues.
Todd Hensley, Schuler Shook
Millie Dixon, Theatre Projects Consultants
Hoist Mechanical Design using ANSI E1.6-1 -2012
ANSI E1.6-1 - 2012, Entertainment Technology; Powered Hoist Systems, establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. Presenters will discuss some of the underlying principles of the standard and review the basic requirements as they pertain to mechanical design. Some examples of component selection will be offered followed by questions and answers with the audience.
Pete Svitavsky, J. R. Clancy, Inc
Joe Champelli, Entertainment Project Services, LLC
What you already know: It's all about the programming!
The ESA and ESTA are working together to write standards and to promote them to help people have safe events, whether those events are plays, concerts, fashion shows, rodeos--anything that brings performers and audience together. Key to most of the standards, and certainly to safe event planning, is clearly understanding the nature of the event: what people are putting it on, who the audience is, and how the event will interface with the safety officials (e.g., fire and police) in a community. Really great event venues are designed to go beyond what building codes require to address the broad and varying needs of event planners.
Karl Ruling, ESTA Technical Standards Program
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance
Gender Identity Accommodation in Performing Arts Facility Planning
Peter Scheu, Scheu Consulting
Todd Hensley, Schuler Shook, Theatre Planners
The Return of the Kings – Restoring A Movie Palace's glory and Transforming Its Function
The process to convert an aging movie theatre into a multi-purpose venue in Brooklyn, NY
Steven Ehrenberg, Director of Production.
Gary Martinez, FAIA, Martinez and Johnson Architecture
Changing electrical infrastructure in the transition to solid-state lighting: How's it going as of 2016 and what's the future?
Theatre consultants and engineers are still managing the myriad changes created by the transition to solid-state lighting. Predicting the rate of that transition is challenging, and this session will present an updated review of new design techniques.
Steve Terry, Electronic Theatre Controls
Angela Matchica, Ewing Cole Associates
Jon Sivell, Fisher Dachs Associates
Stage Design - Go Modular and Avoid Resonant Frequencies!
Details of the stage apron modular retrofit at NYC's Lyric Theater will be presented as well as advice on when to worry about resonance in performance/practice floor design.
Miriam Paschetto, Geiger Engineers, PC
Richard Nix, ZFX Inc.
Brian Busch, Production Resource Group
Networks On Shows and In Venues: What Do You Need to Know?
Do you need Cat 6? Fiber or Copper? Managed switches? When should you use wireless? Certification? Routing? These and other questions will be addressed by a panel of networking experts, and Q&A time will be provided.
John Huntington, New York City Technical College
Greening Initiatives in Theaters: Construction & Facility Management
Sustainability initiatives surrounding new construction, retrofitting and facility management of theaters has developed into a hot topic over the last few years. Come hear what experts have to say about their endeavors in the new frontier of greening Theatrical Spaces.
Liability and the Design Professional: What are the exposures, real and imagined?
A discussion on the impact of standards on duty of care, insurance, client/designer communications, contract provisions and ways to minimize risk (practical as much as legal)
David Saltiel, Esq. Golan & Christie, LLP
Jules Lauve, Theatre Projects Consultants
Jack Hagler, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners
System Integration – "it's more than just two words!"
Experienced industry professionals discuss what System Integration really is. The discussion will focus on both installer's point of view and what is expected by the Specifying Consultant. It will include what works and what doesn't work in writing specifications for these projects.
John Gebbie, Barbizon
Steve Surratt, Texas Scenic
Bill Groener, 4Wall
Theater design compliance issues: OSHA, EPA, LEED, ASHRAE, & more
Monona Rossol, Acts, Crafts and Theatre Safety, Inc.
Eddie Raymond, ESTA
Core Values: What Makes A Great Theater?
Today's theater artists choose to perform in an ever-wider assortment of spaces - purpose built theaters, adapted buildings, temporary venues, and found spaces. As the definition of theater space continues to evolve along with the art form it contains, and as technology, commerce, and economic pressures impact artistic desires, its increasingly important to remember what it is about theater space that we truly value – our Core Values.
Josh Dachs, Fisher Dachs Associates.
Immersive Environments and the 21st Century Audience
Exploring the rise of the Mega Club and Interactive Theatre. The fourth wall is coming down as multimedia artists and designers leverage technology to create interactive and immersive experiences for an audience raised on video games. A discussion on this emerging trend and what it means for audiences, performers and the built environment.
Jim Niesel, Theatre Projects Consultants
Dawn Chiang, Theatre Projects Consultants
Plenary: The Way Forward. What does the future look like for performance spaces in North America
Two leading design firms offer their views on the form and function of performance spaces in the coming years
Raj Patel: ARUP
Tyler Cicera, TAIT Towers