Liz has ten years of experience working in live theatre, theatre construction, and theatre consulting. Before joining Charcoalblue, she worked with Fisher Dachs Associates as a Theatre Consultant working on projects such as The Tianjin Julliard School, Rice Opera Theater, MoMA, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Her work in live theatre includes serving as Technical Director for The Flea Theater at the beginning of The Flea’s transition to its new home, where she gained an invaluable opportunity to experience the theatre design process from the owner’s perspective. Her work at The Flea Theater in combination with her prior work as a Draftsperson for iWeiss Theatrical Solutions grounds her consulting practice with a thorough understanding of the design and build process from beginning to end.
Liz’s Charcoalblue consultancy work includes the Round House Theatre in Bethesda and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
There’s no such thing as a small theatre design project.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
At 12, building scenery for my middle school’s production of West Side Story gave me my first taste of a making something together with a big diverse group of people with different skills and talents. I’ve been pursuing the dynamic feeling that only artistic collaboration can provide ever since. My favourite Technical Direction memories are upending our two performance spaces at The Flea Theater’s old home at 20 Thomas Street to create Ed Iskander’s immersive 6 hour production of These Seven Sicknesses, and tearing down half of our lighting grid to create a system of suspended floating platforms in Future Anxiety. As a Theatre Consultant, I always love the first site visit on a project, it’s a privilege to get to see the inner workings of our client's artistic homes.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Community, constraints and creative freedom.