Theater Specs

UPDATED 9/9/2016

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Production Staff

Ben Levine, Technical Director & Theater Manager / Resident Lighting Designer,
Sarah Greenbaum, Artistic & Community Program Manager,
Annie Choudhury, Associate Technical Director / Master Electrician / Resident Stage Manager,
Jeffrey Dorfman, Audio & Video Manager,

Production Personnel

Dance Place provides Front of House staff, as required for efficient operation, and one (1) to two (2) board operators for all technical rehearsals and performances. At least one (1) backstage technician will be provided for evening rehearsals and all performances. When needed, for an added fee, Dance Place will provide additional board operators and/or backstage technicians, designers and/or a stage manager. See contract for details.

House and Stage

Stage Specifications:

The Stage area is 35′ wide (pilaster-to-pilaster), 34′ deep (plaster line to upstage wall) and 17′ high (floor to grid). There is no fly system. There are 2′ wide legs to hide the light booms and some entrances and exits. It is not possible to cross from wing to wing without being seen. The floor is sprung, painted black with black vinyl installed (“Marley floor”). There are black velour curtains covering mirrors stage right and black velour covering windows stage left. Upstage is a white cyclorama, black traveler, black scrim or white brick wall. There is a crossover hallway behind the upstage wall.

House Specifications and Policies:

The house seats a maximum of 144 chairs. The Box Office opens for tickets sales and will call one hour before the show. The house opens ½ hour before the show. Late seating opportunities should be discussed in advance with the Theater Manager. Dance Place requires a 15 minute intermission unless specified in the contract.

Lighting Equipment and Information

General Information:

Dance Place’s lighting console is an ETC Ion. The dimmer system is comprised of 216 dimmers. There is a sizeable supply of Roscolux and Lee filters and gobos. Additional equipment includes sixteen (16) floor mounts, one (1) strobe light, one (1) mirror ball with motor, one (1) ICue, one (1) DMX iris, two (2) Simple Spin dual gobo rotators, and ample gel frames, template holders, and cable. The console can be run through the Show Control computer with Qlab 3 software.

Repertory Plot:

There is a repertory light plot hung at Dance Place, comprised of

  • three (3) positions on the booms (shins, mids, and head highs)
  • one (1) system of LED back light
  • one (1) system of conventional back light
  • two (2) systems of front light
  • one (1) system of footlights
  • one (1) system of LED high cross color wash
  • one (1) system of high cross pattern wash
  • three (3) stage left to stage right, three (3) upstage to downstage, and two (2) diagonal pathways
  • nine (9) down pools
  • one (1) LED cyc strip (top only)
  • one (1) moving light on center center

See the Light Plot and Hook Up Sheet for details. Changes to the repertory plot are highly discouraged and must be approved by the Technical Director and Master Electrician.

Additional Inventory:

Lighting instruments available to be hung as specials are the following:

  • thirty-nine (39) Source Four bodies (750 watts) – frame size: 6 ¼”
    • three (3) 5 degree lenses
    • three (3) 10 degree lenses
    • seven (7) 19 degree lenses
    • seven (7) 26 degree lenses
    • eleven (11) 36 degree lenses
    • twenty (20) 50 degree lenses
    • five (5) 70 degree lenses
    • six (6) 90 degree lenses
  • two (2) 3 ½″ x 8″ lekos (500 watts) – frame size: 3″
  • two (2) 4 ½” mini-zooms (575 watts) – frame size: 6 ¼”
  • twenty (20) 6″ fresnels (500 watts) – frame size: 7 ½”

Atmospheric Effects:

  • one (1) Ultratec Radiance Hazer
  • two (2) High End Systems FQ100 fog machines

Sound Equipment and Information


  • Mains: two (2) Meyer UPA-1P
  • Subs: two (2) Meyer UMS-1P
  • Monitors: two (2) Electro Voice ETX12P
  • Back of house: two (2) EAW FR153z


  • Primary: Yamaha LS9-32
  • Secondary: Mackie Micro Series 1402-VLZ 14 Channel Mic/Line Mixer


  • Sabine PowerQ ADF-4000
  • Reverb Unit: Lexicon MPX500 24-Bit Dual Channel Processor
  • Ashley XR2001 Electronic Crossover


  • Crown K2
  • Crown K1
  • Crown 1600 PA-03


  • Show Control computer with Qlab 3 software
  • Numark Dual CD Player


  • three (3) 6″ Shure ULXP4 wireless lavalier system
  • two (2) Shure UC wireless systems with two (2) SHURE SM58 wireless handheld microphones
  • three (3) Shure SM58 wired handheld microphones
  • two (2) Shure SM57 wired handheld microphones
  • three (3) Shure VP-89 shotgun mics

Additional equipment:

  • 6 channel in, 2 channel out snake stage left; 8 channel in, 4 channel out snake stage right
  • six (6) straight mic stands, six (6) boom mic stands, five (5) short table-top mic stands
  • four (4) Klipsch KSM 10 monitor wedges

Projection Equipment and Information

Primary Equipment:

  • Cyc/Back wall projection: Sony VPL-FH500L
    • Brightness: 7000 lumens
    • Resolution: 1920×1200
    • Magnification: 0.89x fixed
  • Floor projection: 4 edge-blended Panasonic PT-DW6300ULS
    • Brightness: 6000 Lumens
    • Resolution: 1280×768
    • Magnification: 0.8x fixed

Secondary Equipment:

  • Hitachi CP-X443
    • Brightness: 2700 lumens
    • Resolution: 1024×768
    • Magnification: 2.31x – 3.01x zoom lens

Additional equipment:

  • Show Control computer with Qlab 3 software to control up to 8 projectors
  • Flapper Mini remote control dowser
  • Wireless video transmitter and receiver for live feed projection

Softgood Information

  • Additional inventory: two (2) white Austrian curtains

Communication Equipment and Information

  • Intercom: Production Intercom with five (5) wired headsets for communication between light booth and backstage
  • Infrared camera with infrared illuminator and monitor for use by Stage Management

Technical Production Schedule and Deadlines

The typical schedule for performances in the Dance Place Season is as follows:


1:00 – 6:00 pm Hang and Focus, Full Crew (3), 15 minute crew break at 3:30

7:00 – 10:00 pm Dry Tech


1:00 – 6:00 pm Wet Tech/Cue-in rehearsal, Partial Crew (2)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Crew break

7:30 – 11:00 pm Dress Rehearsal, Full Crew (3)


5:00 pm Crew and artist call, Full Crew (3)

5:00 – 7:30 pm Free stage

6:30 pm Set up house, Performers can remain onstage

7:00 pm Lobby opens

7:30 pm House opens (stage clear)

8:00 pm Curtain

Sunday – between November and February

1:00 pm Crew and artist call, Partial Crew (2)

1:00 – 3:30 pm Free stage

2:30 pm Set up house, Performers can remain onstage

3:00 pm Lobby opens, Full Crew (3)

3:30 pm House opens (stage clear)

4:00 pm Curtain

Sunday – between March and October

4:00 pm Crew and artist call, Partial Crew (2)

4:00 – 6:30 pm Free stage

5:30 pm Set up house, Performers can remain onstage

6:00 pm Lobby opens, Full Crew (3)

6:30 pm House opens (stage clear)

7:00 pm Curtain

Note 1: Additional fees will be assessed for exceeding the designated end times during technical and dress rehearsals. See contract for details. Note 2: For productions with performances other than the times specified above, please contact the Technical Director to establish appropriate schedule.

Photo: Baba Chuck Davis at DanceAfrica, DC 2011. Photo (c) Enoch Chan 2011.