Amanda Brecknell

Amanda Brecknell

Senior Consultant

Amanda provides consultancy in all aspects of theatre design, specialising in auditorium design and planning, foyer planning, seating, sightlines and accessibility.

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Amanda joined Charcoalblue in 2017 as an architect with experience managing and coordinating performance related construction projects. She is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and developed a passion for theatre whilst working with Capital Theatres, Edinburgh.

Before joining Charcoalblue, she worked with Foster Wilson Architects on a number of performance related projects for clients such as the Barbican Concert Hall, Apollo Hammersmith and the Ambassadors Theatre Group.

In her spare time, Amanda is a volunteer with the Camden Roundhouse Trust. She completed her Part III Advanced Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice with RIBA North West.

Amanda’s consultancy work with Charcoalblue includes the Esplanade Waterfront Theatre in Singapore, Cultural Center Education City in Doha, and The Lighthouse Centre in London.

Amanda sharing skills and knowledge with delegates looking to develop their professional theatre career at the annual Backstage Professional Development Conference at the Barbican Centre.

Brian and Amanda at Storyhouse in Chester for seating commissioning.

Tina, Kathryn, Gary, Elina, Lee, Amanda and Gavin from our theatre design team huddle in for a photo.

A TD site visit to see how cast iron stanchions are made

What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?

My colleagues are brilliant. We're all from completely different professional backgrounds, meaning the array of experiences and knowledge is astounding. If you don't know something, I've learnt to ask, as there is probably an eccentric story behind it!

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

I’d never really been to theatre before I landed a job working front of house in my first week at University. Suddenly I was surrounded by artists, dancers, painters, performers, jewellers and absorbed into a vibrant group that was passionate about performance and the arts. I remember working my first panto season at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh and felt at home in the well-worn cosiness that comes with such a beloved venue.

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

For the audience, I think a great performance space is one that appears to be effortless, beautiful, functional yet invisible simultaneously.

Amanda Brecknell

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2020 UK Theatre Tonic ITEAC Theatres Trust Theatre Communications Group Carbon Literate Orginisation - Silver
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