Keith Gerchak is the Senior Consultant and Theatre Designer in the LA Office of Theatre Projects Consultants, where his background as both a professional working actor and a registered architect provides a unique perspective into theatre design and construction from the performer’s vantage point. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), he has performed in over 75 venues around the country, gaining first-hand knowledge and valuable insight into the range of existing house configurations, seating capacities, load-in conditions, front-of-house amenities, support space and technical capabilities. This hands-on experience has informed his work on nearly 100 performing arts projects, ranging from feasibility studies to construction administration, planning of backstage and public areas, seating layout concepts and sightline studies, quality assurance review and coordination of documents, as well as development of design standards including stage floor construction and sustainable design initiatives.

 

Keith is a registered architect in the state of Ohio and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is a former project and studio director with design and project management experience in a broad range of building types including retail, multi-family residential, religious, office, educational, athletic, medical, broadcast and performing arts facilities.

 

Prior to joining TPC, Keith was a Project Director at the Theatre Architectural Design Firm of Van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky (vWRL), where his varied responsibilities encompassed feasibility studies, programming, planning, material and finish selection, contract development, specification writing, code analysis and construction administration and field observation including fast-track projects. Prior to vWRL, Keith was an Associate and Director of the Institutional Studio at Bialosky + Partners Architects. While still in Cleveland, Keith served on the Shaker Square Design Review Board for the Cleveland Landmarks Commission, as well as the Cultural Arts Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the Jewish Community Center.

 

He received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Tulane University, where he was awarded the American Institute of Architects Medal. While attending Tulane, he served as a teaching assistant in Architectural History, was published in the Tulane Architectural Review and studied abroad at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He has regularly contributed articles on theatre design for such magazines as ArchitectureWeek, Stage Directions, Lighting & Sound America, Auditoria and American Theatre, and wrote the chapter on backstage design for Building Type Basics: Performing Arts Facilities, published by John C. Wiley & Sons. Click on the titles to read some of these published works. Click here for a downloadable resume.