Joshua Dachs  

Joshua Dachs
Joshua Dachs is recognized as one of the world's leading theatre planning and design consultants. Drawing on a background as a violinist, an architect, and theatrical set and lighting designer, he has led FDA's consulting practice for over thirty years. He has helped plan and design four opera houses, including the Mariinsky II Opera House in St. Petersburg and Four Seasons Centre Opera House in Toronto; worked with major orchestras including the NY Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and designed the newest Broadway theater, the Stephen Sondheim on W43rd Street. He has worked with many leading theatre companies, including the Arena Stage, Old Globe, the Guthrie Theater, Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, the Bolton Octagon, and Shakespeare's Globe on the extraordinary new Sam Wanamaker Theatre in London. He designed the Mostly Mozart Festival Stage which has transformed Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center each summer since 2005. He has worked with the Park Avenue Armory since its inception as an arts venue to make careful modifications to that extraordinary historic building to accommodate enormous international opera, music, dance, and theatre events and has designed or collaborated on nearly all the performances that have been presented there. For Lincoln Center, he is currently planning the redevelopment of Avery Fisher Hall (the concert hall soon to be renamed David Geffen Hall), and completed many other projects on the LC campus, including the renovation of Alice Tully Hall, expansion of the Juilliard School, and new screening rooms for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He is working on a 600-seat Opera House and teaching facility for the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus in Houston, TX; a new home for BLUEBARN Theatre, a small, artisanal, hand-made theatre company in downtown Omaha, NE; the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong; and the renovation of the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway for Second Stage in New York City, among others in the US and abroad. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.