Chris Darland is an Associate Partner specializing in theater planning. His many responsibilities include Programming, Conceptual Design, Space Planning, Equipment Cost Estimation and Pre-Design Planning as well as Performance Equipment Systems design.
Chris joined Artec in 1997 as a theater consultant, adding to a rather eclectic career as a theater professional, having worked as a technical director, production manager, scene shop foreman, stagehand, rigger, welder, machinist, and carpenter. His experience has not been limited to technical theater, however. Chris has also worked as a professional actor, fight captain, stage combat choreographer, and weapons-smith (his Master's thesis, Swords for the Stage, is a manual for the purchase, maintenance, and repair of combat-grade swords for the stage). He briefly worked for Companie Scaramouche, a Boston-based fight choreography company he helped to form in 1987. He earned certification as an Actor-Combatant, in 1987 and 1993, from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).
Chris has worked for a broad range of organizations, including LORT theaters, film and theater production companies, children's theaters, Broadway scene shops, and summer-stock companies. Jobs have taken him from his native Massachusetts to live and work in such cities as Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, New Haven, and Shepperton and London in the United Kingdom.
Chris is a full member of the American Society of Theater Consultants (ASTC). He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama, Yale University (1995), and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1987). He was awarded the Chancellor's Talent Award in his senior year.
Chris's projects experience involves the following:
de Dijon, Dijon, France
- The Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts, Budapest,
Hall, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, USA
- Center for Ukrainian Music, Mystetskij Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine
on Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio, USA
- Darat King Abdullah II Performing Arts Center, Amman, Jordan
- Four Rivers Performing
Arts Center, Paducah, Kentucky, USA
- Frederick P. Rose Hall,
New York, New York, USA
- Harpa: Reykjavík Conference and Concert Center in Reykjavík, Iceland
- Living Arts Centre, Toronto,
Technologies Center for Arts Education, New Jersey Performing
Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
- The Palladium, Carmel Performing Arts Center, Carmel, Indiana, USA
- Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Nam Hall, LG Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
Hall, Congress and Concert Centre, Lahti, Finland
Theater, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University,
New York, USA
- The Tarkington and Studio Theater, Carmel, Indiana, USA
- Université Laval
School of Music, Québec City, Québec, Canada
- West Kowloon Cultural District Development Plan, Hong Kong SAR
- Yuxi Performing Arts
Center, Yuxi City, Yunnan, China (PRC)