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Robert Davis Inc. consults on the construction and renovation of theaters and other performing arts architecture.
Current work includes commercial, educational, and institutional projects.

Projects Recently Opened

Globe News Center
for the Performing Arts
Amarillo TX
Two River Theater
Red Bank NJ
BTI Center
Raleigh NC
Bratton Theater
The Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua NY
Primary Stages
59E59 Theaters
New York NY
Playwrights Horizons
New York NY
Indiana University
Dept of Theatre & Drama
Bloomington IN
Bailey Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca NY

General services offered by Robert Davis Inc. include:
  • Site evaluation.
  • Programming.
  • Budgeting.
  • Assistance in all phases of facility planning.
  • Preparation of contract documents for stage equipment.
  • Physical feasibility studies.
  • Planning sightlines.
  • Planning the stage configuration.
  • Planning front-of-house facilities.
  • Planning backstage facilities and dressing rooms.
  • Planning technical spaces such as the box office, scenic, costume, prop, and electric shops, rehearsal rooms, green rooms, loading dock, and the stage door area.
Robert Davis Inc. designs stage equipment according to the standard architectural project phases.
Stage equipment includes:
  • Motorized and manual rigging.
  • Stage lighting controls and instruments.
  • Dance and ballet floors and other stage floor construction.
  • Stage traps and elevators.
  • Stage draperies and masking.
  • Portable equipment.
In addition to providing contract documents and reviewing construction we provide the structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering coordination information necessary to incorporate stage systems into the building design.
Emphasis is placed on:
  • Constructive interaction with the design team.
  • Exciting sightlines.
  • Reasonable solutions.
  • Consensus process.
  • Keeping the audience and performers happy.
  • Making sturdy gracious spaces.
  • Providing artists with dependable professional tools.
  • Making the building an excellent workplace.

Pictorial Diagrams of New York Theatres - 1883


Robert Davis - Bibliography
Articles on Theater Planning Topics

Our FAX number is (212) 927 8823.
Before 2004 our address was 37 West 20th Street, New York NY 10011 and our telephone number was (212) 242 0856.
Also see http://www.robertdavisinc.com/exit22.htm