This summer, we are taking time to look back—and to look ahead—as we celebrate managing director David Rosenburg’s 25-year anniversary. A project lead, managing director, designer, mentor, and friend, David has been an essential fixture of our community since joining the firm in 1997.
“The industry has changed radically in the 25 years I’ve been here,” David notes. “While technology and user experience have changed, the basic tenet of people gathering together to experience a live event has not. That was valid thousands of years ago and that’s valid now.”
David joined Theatre Projects with an extensive background in technical theatre, having worked as a lighting designer, production manager, technical director, and stage manager. He was the associate lighting designer for the Broadway production of Our Town with Paul Newman, and for 15 years he toured worldwide with prominent dance companies. His designs can be seen in the repertories of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, The Dance Exchange, Le Conservatoire National Superior de Paris, Atlanta Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
On David’s time here, general manager Daniel Ordower observes, “What I appreciate most about David is his passion for what we do. When he talks about the way we design a venue and about giving people a space to create in, it is immediately clear how much he loves this work.”
David started off at Theatre Projects as a project manager and has since become managing director with the company’s New England office. And as his role has shifted, so have we. While remaining true to our experience and long-stretching roots, Theatre Projects continues to evolve under the vision of leaders like David.
“We have to constantly stay ahead of the curve. With every project, we reimagine what we do, how we deliver services, and how we think about design in order to remain fresh,” David adds. “One aspect is how to bring the user into the process as early as possible. We love to involve the space’s community in a project, because we’re ultimately building it for them, not for us. If we can design a space that stays out of their creative way and grows their ability to present new and innovative work, that to me, hands-down, is a successful project.”
Join us in congratulating David on this important milestone all summer: share memories or well-wishes on social media, send him an email directly, or—as he might most prefer—catch him in person when you can and offer a quiet smile and a pat on the back.