We design extraordinary spaces

When you’re in an amazing performance space, you can feel it. Theatre Projects knows how to create performance spaces that come alive. 

We speak the languages of construction, design, and the arts. From visioning through design and construction, we provide advice on planning and design decisions that affect the art, the architecture, how the performance technology functions, and how artists and audience will use each space. 

Working closely with clients, users, architects, and builders, we apply our experience of what makes a dynamic performance space—intimacy, density, flexibility, and simplicity—to create extraordinary spaces.

Online broadcasting explained: why it's a great idea, and how you can do it

Thinking about integrating broadcast capabilities into your venue, but don't know where to start? It's not as complicated (or as expensive!) as you might think. It helps promote diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, and you can get started with technology you probably already own. We created a video to explain the basics.

The theme of now is giving

One of the most inspiring things we’ve seen coming out of this crisis is the theme of giving. Shining the spotlight on people who are going above and beyond the call of duty to bring a sense of normalcy, reassurance, and some light relief to everyone at home. And our collaborators in the arts are no exception. We’ve been inspired by their creativity and resilience, so we’ve been sharing on our social media channels what they’ve been doing to stay connected with audiences at home by making content available online. We thought we’d reach out to several of them to get more information on what they’re doing and share that with you.

Kirk Keen provides career guidance and positivity to college students

Kirk Keen, one of our project managers, watched as his professor friends were racing to bring their theatre courses online. Many were struggling to adapt their classes that are hands-on by nature—building scenery and props, sewing costumes, hanging lights—to work over video conference and were looking for additional content ideas.

So, Kirk did what Kirk does best and said, ‘I’m here for you, how can I help’.

Our acousticians are designing with zero carbon emissions in mind

At Theatre Projects, we’ve been at the forefront of environmentally conscious design—from incorporating natural light to material and product selections that are renewable, reusable, or repurposed. In the early 2010s, we led the industry in adopting LED lighting in performance spaces, designing three of the first venues to have LED fixtures— New Orleans Jazz Museum, Kennedy Center Theater Lab, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Susan and John Hess Family Theater and Gallery.

But now we’re thinking even bigger—beyond lighting, flooring, drapery, and windows to the buildings themselves and their carbon footprints. Like many building types, performance spaces are typically built of concrete. But cement, the main ingredient in concrete, has a massive carbon footprint. From the air pollution caused by quarrying to the chemical process used to make CO2, cement is the source of about 8% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, according to think tank Chatham House.

Chase Center—a new home for the Golden State Warriors and for entertainment!

More than seven years after the Golden State Warriors announced they were building a new home, Chase Center recently opened its doors to an excited crowd for its inaugural event—a sold-out concert where Metallica shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony. 

Theatre Projects helped design this new facility to be more than a new home for the NBA Championship-winning team—it’s also a one-stop premier sports and entertainment destination in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

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