Charcoalblue present at the STSG

This weekend Charcoalblue's Partner for Operations Gary Sparkes and Senior Consultant Jenni Harris presented 'Why is Theatre Design imporant?' at the School Theatre Support Group's annual conference held at the Centerary Theatre in Berkhampstead.


The presentation discussed the many challenges facing a school theatre and the many things to consider when approaching a new theatre or refurbishment from seating to lighting and more.


Here are a few glimpses from the discussion:






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Charcoalblue support Tonic Celebrates

Charcoalblue are proud to support the forthcoming Tonic Celebrates event held at the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre London on February 23rd.


Tonic Celebrates is a quarterly event that honours inspirational women in theatre. Hosted by Tonic Theatre, an organisation that studies and encourages gender equality in the performing arts, it features key female figures from throughout the industry to discuss their careers and issues faced by women working in the industry.


This month sees dramatist Moira Buffini, designer Vicki Mortimer and the National Theatre's Director of Producing and Planning Sacha Milroy take the stage with Tonic's Director Lucy Kerbel.


Tickets are on sale now via the National Theatre


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Charcoalblue opens new Glasgow studio and announce promotions

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This month we celebrate the opening of our new Glasgow studio in response to a growing portfolio currently underway in the region. In addition, the company have announced that John Owens New York Studio Principal, will join the board of PArtners from Janaury and Steve Roberts  and Rich Garfield  have become Studio Principals of the Bristol and London studios respectively.


The new Glasgow studio is led by Studio Principal Steve Green. Opening this month, it is housed within the Old Sheriff Court building in Brunswick Street, also home to the famed Scottish Youth Theatre. Following work on the new headquarters of the National Theatre of Scotland, Rockvilla, in Spiers Wharf, Charcoalblue are busy working on Perth Theatre, Dundee High School and the Scottish Power building in Glasgow amongst other Scottish Projects.


This month also sees Charcoalblue's New York Studio Principal John Owens join the Partnership team. Since joining the company in 2005, John has helped build the North American portfolio, with projects such as 2017 AIA award winning St Ann's Warehouse and the soon-to-reopen Hudson Theatre, and will continue to do so as Partner. Rich Garfield has been announced as Charcoalblue's first London Studio Principal as the team is set to grow to more than 40 in the next six months. Steve Roberts has been promoted to Bristol Studio Principal as the studio's portfolio grows, including work with Bristol Old Vic and Colston Hall. 


Charcoalblue accredited as a Living Wage Employer

Charcoalblue are proud to announce that it has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.


The voluntary scheme ensures that all employees aged 18 and over, including certain classes of contracted staff, are paid at least the living wage. The employer also agrees to increase the amount which it pays to emplyees by the same amount as any increase in living wage.


'In just 13 years, our talented team has built Charcoalblue into the world's leading theatre design consultancy. We are thrilled to tell them that we have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer which is in recognition of our team's hard work and a commitment to those who look to join us.'  Katy Winter, Partner: People


Living wage employer accreditation is managed by citizens UK.


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Charcoalblue Sponsors The Stage Awards' Innovation Awards

This month Charcoalblue will be sponsoring the Innovation Award at the Stage Awards in London. The Innovation Award highlights the best new design, technical or creative developments in the performing arts in the past 12 months.


This year three pioneering organisations have been nominated:

  • Complicite
  • Les Enfants Terribles / Emma Brunjes Productions
  • New Diorama Theatre

'Charcoalblue are thrilled to be sponsoring The Stage Awards' Innovation Award, a celebration of the most ambitious creative and technical design developments in the performing arts during the last 12 months. This year's nominees are exciting organisations that affirm the UK's role as theatre's leading innovators, dazzling audiences through truly cutting-edge design. We wish all the nominees luck in this month's awards.'

Andy Hayles, Managing Partner, Charcoalblue


Check out the nominations here


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