The design of theaters and other performance venues are only partially about the stage and seating around it. A memorable night at a theater or a relaxing afternoon at an amphitheater involves several components: the sequence of arrival by patrons, the gathering and anticipation of the performance, the event itself, and, finally, an easy, relaxing departure.
When well designed, these elements result in an experience that makes patrons want to return. When just one of these elements is poorly designed, the experience of visitors is diminished, and their willingness to return another day or another season decreased.
As important as the patron experience is the technical design of the facility, it must function faultlessly and facilitate the creation of the intended theatrical experience. Performance and rehearsal spaces, green rooms, scene shops, storage, loading dock, administration, and a multitude of other spaces must be well designed. Acoustical control, lighting and sound systems must suit specific, but often variable, needs. Facilities should be environmentally responsible, energy efficient and easily maintained.
glaserworks considers all of these components with a view toward the total experience of patrons, performers and staff. We strive to collaboratively design performance spaces where the experience starts hours before the performance and the memories last days afterwards.