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Theater Planning by Gene Leitermann

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Chapter 3Project Phases

How do the firms and individuals planning and building a theater organize their work? A comparison to a stage production is again helpful—from script selection to opening night, a stage production follows a conventional process understood by just about everyone involved:

  • Pre-production—budgets and concepts
  • Production—rehearsal and build period
  • Transfer to the theater—load-in, technical, and dress rehearsals Performances

At its most basic, a building project is also a four step process:

  • Pre-design
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Occupancy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has adopted a widely followed set of project phases. In the AIA phases, “design” is further divided into schematic design, design development, and ...

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