ST. LOUIS, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual meeting of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC), held this year in St. Louis, MO, it was announced Edgar L. Lustig has been named as the first Fellow of ASTC (FASTC).
Jim Read, ASTC President, stated, "The Fellows membership category has been established to honor members who have rendered conspicuous service or made notable contributions to the advancement or diffusion of the knowledge of theatre consulting, or the fostering of its practical applications, and who have rendered significant service to the ASTC in multiple fashions. In recognition of decades of service to ASTC and his contribution to the world of theatre, we are proud to announce the elevation of Ned Lustig to the most honored status of Fellow of the American Society of Theatre Consultants."
Edgar (Ned) L. Lustig has been a theatre consultant for forty-six years. As a founding member, he has served as Secretary-Treasurer since the formation of ASTC in 1983. He has made prodigious contributions in technical theatre as technician, manager, technical director, manufacturer, designer and consultant. Lustig is known for his inventions and innovations in theatre and lighting equipment technology, most notably the dimmer affixed to the lighting instrument. His consulting work includes The Ferrara Theatre in America's Convention Complex, High Point University's Hayworth Fine Arts Center, University of Chicago's Mandel Hall, Wright State University's Recital Hall and Drake University's Fine Arts Center. In addition Lustig has contributed his talents as set and lighting designer for theme park work at Busch Gardens Tampa and Williamsburg.
A theatre consultant is a professional advisor who provides guidance, advice and support to owners and design teams for the planning, design and equipping of theatres, concert halls and other types of facilities used for public assembly and presentation of the performing arts. ASTC (http://www.theatreconsultants.org) was founded with the mission to establish and maintain best practices within the theatre building design industry. ASTC has a continuing interest and involvement in the evolution of building codes and has been a major catalyst in the development of all of the major building and life safety codes pertaining to performance facility design.
The seventy-three ASTC members are comprised of professional theatre consultants who have demonstrated a broad range of capability and experience necessary to qualify for membership. As professionals, ASTC members have individual and collective interest in providing unbiased, functionally sound and practical consulting and design services to owners, users, architects and engineers of performance and assembly facilities. These interests are reflected in the objective and programs of the ASTC.
SOURCE American Society of Theatre Consultants