Chapter 17Back-of-House Spaces

The makeup of the non-public preparation and work spaces depends upon the entertainment or performing arts form, the type of presenting or producing organization, and the specific needs and resources of the owner. The back-of-house can be completely unoccupied except for short periods when a touring company is in the building, or it can be the daily workplace of hundreds of people. This chapter outlines typical back-of-house elements, starting with circulation needs and then discussing stage support, performer support, and production areas in turn. Only a very large facility will have all of the elements described. The administrative and building service areas of performing arts buildings do not have any unusual ...

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