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Theater Design Forms Alliance with Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc.

Theater Design has established an alliance with Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc.  Under the terms of the agreement, Robert Lorelli Associates will transfer all its projects to Theatre Design, under the leadership of Michel Mell, on December 31, 2019.  Robert Lorelli will continue to provide his many years of experience and expertise to Theater Design as a Special Consultant.


The principals of the two firms have a long history of working together.  In 1981 Robert Lorelli invited Michael Mell, who at the time was a lighting designer and stagehand, to join his firm.  Over the years, the two internationally-recognized theater consultants came to share the same business philosophy – “to provide each client with the best practical and economical solutions to address their needs.”


In 1999 Mell established Theatre Design.  Together the two firms have completed an array of projects ranging from community and educational theaters and auditoriums to regional and international performing arts facilities and complexes throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia.  Some of their projects include: North York Performing Arts Center, Sala Sao Paolo, Benedum Center, Auditorium Dijon, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Pocono Mountain High School, New London High School, Teatro Municipal de Sao Paolo, University of Florida Performing Arts Center and City Center/55th Street Dance Theater.


Many leading architectural firms, among them:  Philip Johnson, Cesar Pelli and Robert A.M. Stern, as well as owners and performing arts groups, have worked with either or both firms throughout the decades.  “We believe our practical and cost-effective approach, as well as the success of each project, has led to long-term relationships with many firms and owners,” said the two principals. 

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