Disney Designs: Stage House Design for Show Specific Venues

  • Room: 122
Wednesday, March 14, 2018: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Jordan Levin, AIA
Principal Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering
Larry Sonn
Principal Technical Director
Disney Parks Live Entertainment


Venue design is a critical component for all places of performance. Nowhere is it more important than venues that are dedicated to a specific show. The panelists will discuss examples and strategies of show-specific venue design for projects in Walt Disney theme parks. Specific topics to be covered include architectural coordination and integration of automated stage and show decks, theatrical rigging, special effects integration, performer flying and related safety measures. 

This session qualifies for 1.50 AIA/HSW/CEU credits


Learning Objectives

1. Define show or performance specific venue design process.
2. Identify key components required to create performance specific venues.
3. Recognize specific challenges that exist in show specific architecture and building design.
4. Differentiate architectural design from performance design.