USITT's Annual Conference & Stage Expo provides education, networking, and hands-on opportunities to theatre and live entertainment industry professionals. Share and explore innovative technologies, new products, and methods while fostering lifelong connections. Integrated technology design group leaders from DLR Group present on the physics of theatre spaces and early strategies for efficient design.

 L: DLR Group Senior Associate and acoustics leader Jonathan Hopkins, LEEP AP. C: DLR Group Senior Associate and design leader Dennis Bree, AIA, LEED AP. R: DLR Group Senior AV/Theatrical Systems Designer Brad Ward, MFA, CTS-D.

  • Who: Jonathan Hopkins, senior associate, DLR Group; Dennis Bree, senior associate, DLR Group; Brad Ward, DLR Group; Andrew Nagel, systems designer, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander Performing Arts & Media Facilities Consultants.
  • What: Early Design Strategies for Efficient Acoustic and AV Systems Project Integration.
    Coordinating Acoustic and A/V systems around important theatrical and architectural elements can be a challenge. This session will discuss strategies in building planning to minimize risks, avoid systems conflicts and provide a more functional performance space. This course qualifies for 1.5 AIA CEU LUs.
  • Where: USIIT19 Conference and Stage Expo
    221 S 4th St,
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Room: L013
  • When: Wednesday, March 20 from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM


DLR Group Associate and theatre design specialist Beth Martell, ETCP-RT.

  • Who: Beth Martell, associate, DLR Group; Dr. Eric Martell, physicist, Physics of Theatre Project.
  • What: Physics of Theatre - Rigging Loads Imposed on Building Structure.
    Join DLR Group Theatre Design Specialist Beth Martell and Dr. Eric Martell for this comprehensive session. This session has five major components. We will review the calculations used to determine the rigging loads imposed on a building by typical counterweight rigging, motorized rigging, and static bridle rigging; familiarize attendees with typical design loads used by structural engineers and where those values originate; discuss when and how load capacity is determined in renovated and new building construction, determine when it is wise to involve a professional engineer; and discuss the costs associated with this work. This session is a continuation of the Physics of Theatre Series and qualifies for 1 ETCP Renewal Credit. This course also qualifies for 1.25 AIA CEU LUs.
  • Where: USIIT19 Conference and Stage Expo
    221 S 4th St,
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Room: M112
  • When: Friday, March 22 from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
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