We represent a collective of professionals with years of experience in the performing arts.
Let's explore how we can help you.
We have designed scenery, lighting, and audio for professional and educational theater, as well as special corporate events in everything from 99 seat studios to 10,000 seat venues.
We build sets, install lighting and audio equipment whether or not we provide the original designs. Use us as a shop to facilitate designs or integrate our team into your educational production needs.
We offer maintenance and training programs to help educational facilities without the staff to support their own equipment.
If you choose us to build and install your set, we can provide short (45 minute) lecture/demonstrations for your students on how to design, build, light, and create environments for a production.
At Theater Support Services, we have designed, built, and lit hundreds of shows for educational, community, and professional theater.
We also realize producing theater in an educational environment can be difficult (been there - done that!). It’s hard to find experienced staff, procure and transport materials, all while meeting production deadlines? But it’s more than that: there are safety considerations, insurance, and the learning experience you want to provide for your students.
Here's how we work.
1) We will work with your directing team to design a set based on your budget. Or you can provide the design and we'll work with you on the construction.
2) We will provide you with CAD drawings of the set designed for your space.
3) You can choose how we finish the project. We can do it all (build, paint, install and strike), or you can choose to paint the set with your students, or do the assembly and strike. The more you do, the more you will save - but carefully consider the number of students you have to complete the project.
4) Choose any other service you would like us to provide: lighting, sound, projections, and/or seminars on Theatrical Design, Technical Direction, Stage Management, or another technical theater topic you wish.
5) We will create an estimate for our service. The estimate will contain:
a) A service fee that covers all labor, shop space, tools, and transportation to your venue.
b) Cost of materials needed to construct your set.
c) A Material Acquisition fee of 15% on all materials: this covers time and transportation to acquire the lumber, hardware, rental items, etc.
d) We include a 15% contingency fund in case something unexpected comes up. We don't want to stop progress and jeopardize your show if we need to get authorization to exceed the original estimate.
6) We will send a Service Contract and the Estimate to you and your Purchasing Department to create a single purchase order.
7) We require a 50% deposit to begin the project.
8) We will begin construction, keep you up-to-date with photos and progress reports.
9) We will schedule any other services you request.
10) After your show closes, we will send a final invoice, including all receipts for materials employed for your production.
More than anything, we want you to feel as though we are part of your educational theater process.
First and foremost, we are theater people engaged in the process of creating art. We embrace the collaborative spirit behind every production. And with our years of experience, we know the little tricks and tools of the trade that will provide you with the results you're after.
Secondly, we're educators; we're happy to talk to your students about how things go together and what techniques we used for building, engineering, or painting. We build in our shop because it's safe and efficient. But, we love show and tell. And in my experience, having the finished product often ignites that spark in students who want to learn more. And we can suggest how they develop the skills needed to build, light, organize or paint.
You are not outsourcing your project, you are developing a partnership.
Big Fish (Four Seasons/Theatre Lila) Overture Center Playhouse. Set Construction