All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players;
Designing a theatre is all about connecting an audience to a performance. The proscenium theatre is still the dominant form of presentation while other forms of immersive spaces (thrust, arena and flexible spaces) fall in and out of favour. JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE wants to be your trusted resource for your theatrical requirements.
I can still recall that moment sitting in Convo at the University of Winnipeg where I knew I wanted a career in theatre. I was filling in for a non-speaking role while the stagehands were prepping the lights and the magic of that space just kind of hit me. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour around the continent for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet setting up lighting in a wide range of spaces.
There are so many considerations when planning for a theatrical space. From renovations to completely new construction, it's incredibly important to engage in early planning. Construction & design decisions made along the way that make sense for a typical construction project will negatively affect your ability to get the space you need. Small compromises may save you money in the short term. A 55' high grid sounds high, but if you can't hang a 60' scenic drop you will miss out on a lot of touring opportunities.
Check out the presentation I gave to the RAIC Conference in 2015: Set Design for Sole Practitioners (46 MB). It provides some theatre types and history of set design for anyone wanting to expand their practice.
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IATSE Stagehand / Lighting & Set Designer
More than 10 years experience working in theatres across the continent with concurrent experience as a set & lighting designer. The experience of designing scenography combined with building and setting it up, has given me a perspective on theatre architecture that isn't available to everyone.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Westsun Vancouver)
Design & develop shop drawings for the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, especially theatrical drapery, fixtures, and acoustics.
Capilano University Theatre (Westsun Vancouver)
Design & develop shop drawings for the Capilano University Theatre, especially theatrical rigging, lighting, drapery, fixtures, and acoustics.
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