University of Greenwich C4

This project involved the conversion and refurbishment of a derelict building, formerly a swimming pool and bowling alley, into a student hub at the University’s Medway Campus. The purpose-built student centre features a main events/performance space, café/bar, cater .. read more

Salford University New Adelphi

New Adelphi is a landmark building that is the focus for arts and culture on campus. The space has been carefully designed to inspire and motivate; housing the music, performance, art, design and architecture students and providing a rich environment to stimulate curiou .. read more

Edge Hill University Tech Hub

The £13.5M Edge Hill Technology Hub is a combination of new and refurbished, high-quality space for teaching, learning, student employability, enterprise and knowledge exchange activities.
The facility supports expansion in Digital Creative and Food Science (Biotechnol .. read more

Holme Grange School

Holme Grange School is an independent school for girls and boys aged 3-16 years. It offers a unique educational experience in an idyllic setting in 21 acres of Wokingham countryside.
This project involved the construction of a new building incorporating a 300 seat theat .. read more

Centre for Creative Industries

Sheffield College, UK

The £8.8 million three-storey Centre for Creative Industries now extends the existing Sheffield College Hillsborough campus, and houses a new theatre, three drama studios, two dance studios, television studio, photography studio, music and radio studios.
Creative indus .. read more

Theatre multipurpose auditorium from stage

ACS Cobham Performing Arts Centre, UK

Situated on 128-acres, 20 miles south of Central London, ACS Cobham enrols over 1,350 students aged between 2 and 18.
This project involved a £13m conversion of the school’s Cafetorium into a new Performing Arts Centre. Drama by Design worked with the architects on t .. read more

Our comprehensive range of services include:

  • Theatre & performing arts consultants for theatres, arts, dance/drama studios
  • Creative media consultants for  TV studios, recording studios and edit suites/storage
  • Feasibility studies, design, planning and programming assistance
  • Architectural layout, seating and sight lines consulting
  • Lighting, Sound, Staging and Audio Visual (AV) design, specification and project management
  • Acoustic consultants

Welcome to
Drama by Design Entertainment Technology Consultants

Drama by Design are global independent theatre consultants, acoustics consultants, creative media and AV consultants on all aspects of the design of performing arts and creative media spaces including auditoria, drama studios, dance studios, voice/audio recording studios, radio studios, film studios, TV studios and music rooms in the theatre, education, architectural and professional markets. We can get involved at any stage of a project from providing feasibility studies during the initial stages, through to general and/or detailed design, layout and finished, planning, provision of full technical design and specifications for all specialist lighting, sound, av, audio visual, video, communications, stage engineering and seating systems.

We provide a comprehensive range of solutions to building professionals and owners whether it be for a simple refurbishment of a small school drama studio or design of a new build auditorium or rennovation of an existing theatre or TV studio. If you need to develop your vision into reality, ensure your building is fit for purpose as a venue for performances, events and productions or simply need advice on how to move forward, we are here to help.

The services we provide can be grouped into the following main categories:

  • Theatre Consultants – auditorium design, technical specification and project management of all types of theatre venues and performing arts spaces including advice on building layout, seating layouts, sight lines analysis, stage lighting, sound/audio systems, communications, staging, curtains and tracks, audio visual systems, stage engineering and acoustics
  • Audio Visual (AV) Consultants and System Integrators – design, specification and project management/systems integrators of specialist audio visual systems including education, conference, hotel and lecture theatre/seminar room systems
  • TV Studio/Recording Studio/Radio Studio Design Consultants – design and specification of TV and Music Recording/Radio Studio spaces including advice on building layout, studio lighting, sound/audio systems, broadcast video/vision systems and cameras, communications, curtains and tracks, rigging and acoustics
  • Acoustics Consultants – full acoustical analysis services including testing and measurement, reverberation time analysis, advice on heating and ventilation systems and acoustic treatment

In recent years true collaborative working has become essential to good design. With experience, each consultant learns the other’s skills to make for a true creative process. This tends to happen in the early meetings, when the range of design possibilities is large. For us the process is exciting and rewarding. We are not prescriptive about the design progress, but believe that the best results are achieved through informed discussion and review of ideas. We want to extend the boundaries of design to cater not only for the needs of today, but also for many years in the future using innovative and exciting ideas.

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