Performance Lighting System Design and Specification
Front of house lighting conceptual design for the Las Vegas Performing Arts CenterDell Hall at the Long Center in Austin TX, equipped as the home of the Opera, Ballet, and SymphonyCustom touchscreen controls for the Long Center integrate stage lighting, house lighting, cue light, and audio-visual systemsConcept sketch of lighting positions for Prudential Hall at NJPACCompleted interior of Prudential Hall with ceiling dome catwalk and side box lighting positionsLighting cove integrated into the ceiling dome of the Biltmore Theatre in New York City Biltmore Theatre ceiling dome with integral theatrical lighting slotsA study of catwalk variationsCatwalks discretely define the ceiling design at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford CTConcert lighting fixtures integrated into movable ceiling enclosure panels at the Eastman School of MusicBalcony rail detail for the Four Seasons Center developed in collaboration with Diamond & Schmitt ArchitectsBalcony rail positions at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto conceal cables and receptacles behind hidden panelsThe Four SeasonÂ’s Center stage framed by side lighting positions and seating boxesShow control system diagram for the theatre on Celebrity Cruise LinesÂ’ Solstice-class shipsThe complex ceiling at the new Guthrie in Minneapolis required careful coordination of lighting slots with acoustic considerationsA walkable wire rope grid above the Guthrie's 200 seat Dowling Studio Theatre provides flexibility for lighting from any angleDevice details for the Las Vegas Performing Arts CenterPerformance at the Hollywood Bowl utilizing theatrical fixtures on the canopy and color changing LED lighting of the archesThe Hollywood Bowl canopy integrates adjustable lighting trusses, movable acoustic reflectors, and a walkable perimeter catwalk ringThe Mostly Mozart Festival stage places audience members on all sides of the orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher HallKatie Oman and Jon Sivell of FDA supervise installation of lighting in the Mostly Mozart Festival ceiling canopyThe RedCat theatre in the lower level of Disney Hall can be adjusted for many configurations utilizing travelling gantry catwalksThe performance space is lined with hinged wood doors opening to technical accommodations behindConcert lighting fixture layout for the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami FLKnight Concert Hall canopy lighting detailsThe acoustic canopy of the Knight Concert Hall features 170 automated concert fixtures and 48 recessed rehearsal lighting fixturesMotorized light bridge in the Ziff Ballet Opera House at Miami's Arsht Center for the Performing ArtsA rehearsal at the Schermerhorn Center in Nashville lit by Vari*Lite fixtures and custom downlights integrated into the chandeliersSchermerhorn Symphony Center automated concert lighting fixtures lowered for maintenanceSketch of a light slot concept for a corporate auditorium with extensive multimedia and broadcast requirementsA rendering of Henry Miller's Theatre shows the variety of lighting options in the auditoriumThe Holland Center in Omaha has a concert ceiling canopy with automated fixtures and rear-accessible lighting slots at the side wallsCurved ladder truss with automated fixtures matches the curve of the acoustic ceiling reflectors at the Holland Center


Our lighting staff provides the following services, adaptable to your project's needs:

-  System Design
-  Architectural Integration
-  Equipment Budgets
-  Biddable Drawings and Specifications
-  Construction Administration
-  Performance Lighting Design


FDA designs complete theatrical lighting systems to meet the demands of today's performing art and entertainment projects. We actively collaborate with our clients to supply systems that meet their current requirements and have the flexibility to adapt to future possibilities as technologies and artistic visions evolve.

Our staff members bring extensive backgrounds in theatrical, entertainment and architectural lighting while considering both technical and aesthetic aspects of theatrical lighting design.

We work closely with equipment manufacturers to develop inventive new products to meet project specific requirements, and apply our knowledge of the marketplace to make creative use of existing technologies. As an independent and objective consultant, FDA strives to ensure that lighting systems meet the technical requirements, budget guidelines and manufacturer preferences of the client.

Process & Deliverables

During the planning phase of our projects, FDA supplies the architect and engineers with detailed drawings and descriptions that illustrate the integration of architecturally sensitive lighting positions, power requirements and control system infrastructure that are unique to the entertainment industry.

Beginning with project feasibility studies and extending through design, FDA supplies continually updated equipment budget estimates as we work with the client, architect, and engineers to develop final equipment specifications. The lighting specifications we provide include not only dimming and control systems, but also lighting fixture inventories, equipment installation, service contracts and warranty.

During construction, FDA regularly reviews and coordinates the work of others involved in the project to ensure seamless integration of the production lighting systems with the architectural, structural and mechanical systems. For complex projects we offer on-site supervision to assist local contractors in properly installing the equipment we design and specify.

For many projects our staff design performance lighting fixture layouts and establish lighting scenes for events onstage. Designs include orchestra lighting for recital and concert halls, repertory light plots for schools, museum theatres, cruise ships and entertainment spaces, and performance lighting for special events, such as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.