In over 35 years of practice as a theatre consultant, Robert Long has been involved in the programming, planning and design of virtually every type of building for the performing arts. His extensive experience encompasses performance spaces for drama, music and dance, ranging from initial planning studies to the completion of major performing arts centers, and includes professional as well as educational facilities. Robert began his theatre consulting career in the office of George C. Izenour. He subsequently spent two years as a theatre planner with Artec Consultants, specializing in stage lighting and rigging system design. For three seasons, he was a member of the stage production department of The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. Prior to co-founding TCC in October 2003, Robert was a principal consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants - the first American employed by the firm - where he played a key role in the development of many of TPC's projects during his 21 year association. A representative list includes the Seiji Ozawa Concert Hall at Tanglewood; the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland; the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte; the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; and the Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Emory University.
Robert is a member and former three-term president of the American Society of Theatre Consultants. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has taught technical production and theatre design courses at Columbia and Yale Universities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the last four years, he has co presented the lead-off "ASTC Presents: The History of…" theatre series* at the Performing Arts Managers Conference. In 2014, he co-authored "Outdoor Theatre Facilities: A Guide to Planning and Building Outdoor Theatres". He has also written numerous articles on technical and design issues for theatre industry magazines.
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