We provide theatre design for a digital world.

Salas O’Brien specializes in venues that engage and connect people.  Our expertise is in spaces that accommodate both hybrid and traditional events—where coordination between architecture and technology is critical to the success of the venue.  Our team combines art and engineering to create unique venues that are visually stunning, with technology that enhances the experience and extends a performance’s reach.  And we understand the business case of high-touch, high-tech performance venues with back-to-back shows and tight turnovers necessary to remain competitive in today’s landscape.

We have an in-house team of experts to address every element of the venue: core room shaping and seating layouts, theatre equipment, acoustics, audio, video, theatrical lighting, data, and security.  Our coordination between these disciplines starts immediately, and our design process reduces time and wasted energy by bringing these voices to the table early.  We are experienced in solving design conflicts, working within the code, developing creative approaches, and coordinating the technology into the architectural design.

What we can offer

Salas O’Brien offers a complete array of design services, including the development of advanced and often groundbreaking solutions when conventional approaches can’t deliver quality results.

Room design concepts with 3-D modeling

Salas O’Brien provides initial theatrical design concepts including size, volume, form, seating layouts, and stage-to-audience relationship with full integration of acoustics and technology. We work through code issues for audience, artist, and technical circulation with backstage and front-of-house planning.

Sightline studies

Salas O’Brien provides sightline studies to verify viewing experiences for the audience to both stage and screen. By analyzing the sightlines of every seat in the theatre, we can make informed decisions on seat placement, stage design, screen placement, and the height of the stage.

Theatrical rigging

Salas O’Brien provides full design for stage machinery and rigging systems including support grids and draperies, pit lifts, wagons and flexible seating systems, catwalk, tension grid and pipe grid design for lighting support and access.

Theatrical lighting

Salas O’Brien provides theatrical lighting design including power and control distribution, fixtures and equipment packages. We also provide architectural lighting design inside the theatre for full integration.

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