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Timms Centre for the Arts

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The Timms Centre for the Arts, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, houses the Studio theatre, a black box performance space, a rehearsal hall, as well as backstage support facilities. We provided full production sound/video system design for the facility, including, show intercom, show relay/talent page, and video show relay system design for this proscenium theatre.

The production booth in the studio theatre, left to right lighting, stage manager and sound (photo courtesy of UofA Drama Dept)
A view of the Lighting, Stage Manager and Sound Booths in action

The reverberation time is optimized for unamplified shows, where the subtlety of the actor's voice are clearly communicated. Because this is a teaching theatre, the sound system has to serve as a teaching tool and a production tool. There is a combination of established and advanced audio technology in use here, with the bulk of the production being done on a hard-disk recorder and DAT recorder. The console is equipped with mute groups and a full ten by eight matrix for maximum flexibility with minimum budget investment.

The black box performance space was equipped in 2003 with a combination of fixed and portable equipment.

We worked closely with the project architect, Edmonton based Brinsmead Ziola Associates, to help provide a superior facility for the University of Alberta that met the tight construction budget.

We provided consulting services for the second phase of equipment fit-out in 2003. The first phase of the project was done while we worked for BKL Consultants between 1991 and 1997.

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