Theatre Design Consultant - Charcoalblue LLC


Charcoalblue LLC / Remote, Remote


Charcoalblue is the world’s leading multi-national theatre, acoustic, and digital consultancy. Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, live performance, music, culture, education, workplaces, entertainment, and sport. We engage with all members of a project team – the clients, architects, engineers, cost consultant, and contractors – on how the design choices they make affect the functionality of the building.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively working towards becoming an inclusive organization. We are working consistently to ensure elimination of unfair and discriminatory practices within the Partnership and encourage full contribution from its diverse community.Recruitment opportunities are open to all, but we encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, people with disabilities, and anyone who doesn’t currently see themselves significantly represented in our teams.



We are seeking a candidate to join our North American Theatre Consultancy team as a Theatre Design Consultant. You will work as part of a team consulting on all aspects of performance spaces and venue planning.

The Theatre Design Consultant’s role on the team focuses on overall building planning and auditorium design, creating functional and inspiring buildings where the performing arts can thrive. Depending on the project’s scope you will originate documents such as building area schedules and sketch diagrams of space, as well as creating and delivering presentations ranging from space precedents to construction phasing concepts.


Primary Responsibilities

• Develop initial auditorium concept and design establishing the form and function. Including audience and performer egress. Creating seating layouts, seating design and detailed sightline studies
• Be a key point of synthesis for multiple internal team members, including technical systems designers and acousticians.
• Be a key point of contact and coordinate with project architects, including reviewing and commenting on architectural and services drawings, reviewing construction progress on-site, and performing measurements and punchlisting for the commissioning of seating systems.
• Create design presentations, written reports, 2D and 3D drawings and sketches, and written specifications to document your design work.
• Ensure that the demands of your projects are met and delivered to a high standard of quality.
• Work within multiple project teams simultaneously while meeting deadlines, arranging your calendar, and balancing project deliverables as they occur.
• Some travel to offsite and out-of-state meetings and site attendance will also be required (note – only when advisable in line with current public health recommendations).

Key Skills

Charcoalblue is open to receiving applications with a variety of levels of experience. We are seeking a broad candidate pool, with no set education or experience requirements. If you meet most of the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply.

• Excellent CAD skills in both 2D and 3D; an ability to demonstrate competent rendering and visualization skills.
• Experience in creating reports and presentations including proven ability to lay out text, photographs and drawings (using Microsoft Office and InDesign or a similar package).
• Excellent visual assessment and communication skills, including the ability to conceptualize and communicate three-dimensional ideas in 2D media.
• Ability to assess sightlines and audience accommodation concepts in all public areas of a venue.
• Experience in communicating with people at varying levels within an organization.
• A proactive and imaginative approach to finding solutions which meet the constraints of a given project.
• Confidence in presenting and discussing ideas, both in internal and external client meetings.
• Ability to incorporate relevant state building code and safety legislation into your design work.
• Ability to factor knowledge of theatre and venue operations into your design work to create spaces where artistic, functional, and audience needs combine.
• Basic knowledge of the technical systems of a performance venue including lighting, rigging and/or AV systems and an awareness of good backstage architectural planning, environmental and acoustical design parameters.
• Familiarity with the standard suites of Microsoft Office and Adobe.

Desirable Additional Skills

• Knowledge of contractual issues and the AIA project stages and associated levels of work output.
• Experience with Autodesk Revit and BIM documentation.
• Some experience with creating and navigating VR models and experiences for design visualization.
• Experience in the design of other theatre building elements, including rigging and staging, stagelighting, audiovisual, and/or acoustic design elements.

All applications are due by 6pm EST on Monday April 12th, 2021.