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Tim Foster is the senior partner in Tim Foster Architects. He is a council member of the Association of British Theatre Technicians, chairman of the ABTT Theatre Planning Committee and represents the UK on the OISTAT Architecture Commission. He is a board member of the Tricycle Theatre Company in London.

Andy Hayles is Managing Director of Charcoalblue Ltd, a multi-disciplinary theatre consultancy. He is a visiting lecturer to Cambridge University, Canterbury University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, LIPA and RADA. He is a full member of the Society for Theatre Consultants, a member of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings and a Director of the ABTT.

Peter Longman is now a Consultant to and Board member of various arts bodies, and has been involved with theatre buildings for most of his career. He ran the Arts Council's grant scheme for arts buildings from 1969-78, and was the Government's chief adviser on museums from 1984-95.

Anne Minors is director of AMPC Ltd. She is past-Chairman of the Society of Theatre Consultants; member of the Association of Lighting Designers; Council Member of the Association of British Theatre Technicians as well as a corporate member of the RIBA and an assessor for Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales and Arts Council of Scotland.

Mark White is Director of Electronic Theatre Controls Ltd. and has been Chairman of the ABTT from 2002 until the present.

Judith Strong is the Director of aap consulting (formerly Arts & Architecture Projects). She is currently an Enabler for CABE; Chair of the Arts Advisory Committee for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; a board member of Action for Children’s Arts; board and building committee member for the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond; and a member of The Architecture Club.


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Excellent technical resource 20 Aug. 2010
By T. J. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is divided into two sections: the first addresses each of a number of technical design issues:
- Preliminary planning
- Broad Principles
- Front of house
- Auditorium design
- The stage and stage machinery
- Lighting, sound and video
- Backstage provision
- Additional spaces
- Restoration, conversion and improvement of existing buildings

Each is covered with a combination of diagrams, lists, technical illustrations and photographs explaining the main points.

The second section is a series of 28 reference projects from around the world, including some very recent work like Norman Foster's Winspear Opera House, and Snohetta's opera house in Oslo. Each is documented with text, a short summary, photographs, and a plan and section through the stage and auditorium.

It's less detailed than Izenour's books, but very much more up-to-date, and a great starting resource for anyone involved in designing or modifying a theater.
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