So you think you know Theatre Projects?

December 21, 2020

After an incredibly challenging year for everyone in the live entertainment sector—and in the wider communities that we live in—we knew that this holiday season would be an especially difficult time for many. So, we decided to divert our resources to helping those communities and have a little fun in the process! But we didn't want to do it without the support and input from the people within those communities—you. Over the month of December, we ran a holiday quiz so that you could help us select a deserving arts organization and a community charity to win a monetary donation.

The quiz put your knowledge of Theatre Projects, our team, and our work to the test, and we were thrilled to see so many participants. The number of responses we received is a testament to our shared sense of fun and collaboration, but also an acknowledgement that our communities are suffering and need help. We're here to support these communities in any way we can until these difficult times are behind us and we're back to being able to safely meet, play, and work together in person again.

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our 2020 Holiday Quiz:

1st prize
Huge congratulations to Bobbi Owen for winning our top prize! Her $5,000 prize money will be going to the PlayMakers Repertory Company—the professional theatre company in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. PlayMakers Repertory Company is known for producing entertaining, relevant, and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. We couldn't be more proud to lend our support to an organization that has worked so hard to transform their immediate and extended communities for the better through their work, mission, and values.

2nd prize
Congratulations to Alan Joslin for winning our second prize! We'll be sending a $1,500 donation to Indian Hill Music on behalf of Epstein Joslin Architects. Indian Hill Music is a regional center for music education and performance located in picturesque Central Massacusetts. Aside from their music education program serving a community of over 1,000 students of all ages, The center provides music philanthropy programs, where they serve seniors with free concerts, comfort families through a hospice choir, and provide free music education to children in under-served school districts.

3rd prize
And congratulations to Dawn Bankers for winning our third prize. We'll be offering Dawn and her colleagues at the Verona Area School District some complimentary strategic planning services in the new year.

If you took part in our quiz, you may be wondering which answers you answered correctly or incorrectly. We'll be happy to send you your individual scorecard(s) if you're interested. Just send an email to [email protected] and ask us to send it to you!

And, if you're just looking for the answers at-a-glance, here they are! Correct answers are underlined.

First installment

 1.  We celebrated a birthday a few months ago. How old is Theatre Projects?
  • 63
  • 54
  • 67

2.  This year, venues around the world were forced to close their doors because of COVID-19. One of our clients wanted to create a temporary outdoors performance environment to continue engaging with audiences safely, so we volunteered time to create images to help them get the necessary permits and sell tickets to events. Name that client!

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • New World Center
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center

3.  In 2018, we opened a new office in Denver to better serve our clients in the western and mid-western United States. Which one of these team members is NOT based in Denver?

  • Aaron Wong
  • Millie Dixon
  • Jim Niesel

4.  We worked on Crosstown Concourse recently. This project involved the transformation of a former Sears distribution center into a mixed-use development for living, working, eating, shopping, and—of course—theatre-going. Where is it located?

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Phoenix, Arizona

5.  Our founder, Richard Pilbrow, has several Broadway lighting credits to his name. Which one starred Paul Newman?

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • A Tale of Two Cities - The Musical
  • Our Town


Second installment

 1.  In the early days, Theatre Projects was a lighting design and rental company. But an unexpected phone call from a famous actor led to us eventually consulting on London’s National Theatre project. Who was the celebrated actor who helped launch Theatre Projects’ consulting business as we know it today?

  • Richard Burton
  • Julie Andrews
  • Laurence Olivier


2.  The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is an outstanding educational space for performance, research, and discovery. The building also been recognized by the US Green Building Council for its sustainability. What level LEED certification has the building earned?

  • Platinum certification
  • Gold certification
  • Silver certification

3.  We’ve worked on masterplan schemes for several major cultural developments around the world, including at West Kowloon Cultural District, where we developed footprints for each of its planned venues. How many venues were included in that masterplan scheme?

  • 6
  • 11
  • 17

4.  The theatre at El Museo del Barrio was originally designed to be a children’s theatre. What do the hand-painted murals on its walls depict?

  • Images of toys that have come to life
  • Popular cartoon characters
  • Scenes from children’s literature

5.  Our Head of New Business Development in Latin America, Thomas Yaksic, is passionate about music and has served on several juries for international music competitions. What’s his preferred music genre?

  • Classical music
  • Jazz music
  • Traditional folk music


Third installment

1.  What’s the tagline used on all our social media accounts?

  • Theatre Projects is the world's leading theatre design and planning firm
  • We design extraordinary spaces
  • We create spaces that bring people together 

2.  Which of these spaces is an adaptive reuse of a former swimming pool?

  • Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College
  • The Amphitheater Hot Shop at Corning Museum of Glass
  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts

3.  Which of our directors was a Summer Olympics Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro in 2016?

  • David H. Rosenburg
  • Jules Lauve III
  • Michael Nishball

4.  How many Gold Certified LEED projects do we have?

  • 10
  • 13
  • 7

5.  What do the Wyly Theatre, Derngate, and Royal Opera House Muscat all have in common?

  • They were all designed by the same architect
  • They’re all multiform spaces
  • They were all built in the same decade


So you think you know Theatre Projects?
So you think you know Theatre Projects?
So you think you know Theatre Projects?
So you think you know Theatre Projects?