ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, January 20, 2003 - Charles Swift, MIES has been elected an Associate Member in the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC), a distinguished honor held by only a few individuals in North America.
This is the first step to full ASTC membership.
ASTC members are professional theatre consultants who have demonstrated a broad range of theatre consulting capability and experience necessary to qualify for membership.As professionals, ASTC members provide unbiased, functionally sound and practical consulting and design services to owners, users, architects and engineers of performance and assembly facilities.Mr. Swift is a senior theatre project manager at CDAI (Cape Dixson Associates Incorporated), a professional engineering consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.He
has over 25 years of theatrical lighting, acoustical, scenic and performance rigging design and implementation experience.His
work is found in a number of theatre facilities, including the John Burd Center for the Performing Arts
at Brenau University, Colonial Williamsburg Theatre Renovation, Georgia State University Alumni Hall Renovation, Statesboro Community Arts Center, and Nova Southeastern University
. Prior to his employment at CDAI, Mr. Swift worked as an independent theatre contractor on U.S. and international rigging, acoustical system and lighting design projects.
Prior to that he
held faculty positions in stagecraft and theatre lighting at several universities and colleges.In this capacity he
also was responsible for developing and maintaining their theatre systems.Mr. Swift
is a frequently requested speaker on such topics as "Theatre Consultants: What They Do," "The Theatre: Building the Factory" and "The Theatre: Building the Temple."He
has also authored several authoritative articles for Stage Directions magazine including "Finding a Balance: What You Need to Know About Motorized Rigging and Safety-Related Issues," "Performance Perfection: How Effective Lighting Can Be Achieved By Proper Planning and a Solidly Outfitted Venue," and "It's All in the Lights: A Theatre Consultant Offers Tips on How to Update and Improve Your Lighting System."