Emily Brainerd, ASTC

Emily Brainerd joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander in June of 2011 as a technical designer. She brings practical hands-on experience as a theater professional to her work on a wide range of projects, assisting on the design of performing arts venues, theatrical systems and documentation.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brainerd received her master’s degree at the University of Illinois and completed an internship with another prominent theater consulting firm. Before attending graduate school, she spent four years as the technical director for the theater program at Iowa State University and worked in various local venues as a stagehand on touring shows. Prior to this she was the assistant technical director at Simpson College in Iowa. Ms. Brainerd has also spent summers working as a scenic carpenter with the American Players Theatre in Wisconsin and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Selected Project Experience
  • Al Habtoor City, Franco Dragone Theatre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI (The National Film Archive of the 21st Century), Mexico City, Mexico
  • Cooper High School Theatrical Equipment Update, New Hope, Minnesota
  • Delano High School, New Auditorium, Minnesota
  • Edison High School, Study and Retrofit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse, San Francisco, California
  • Gonzaga University, Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Spokane, Washington
  • Irondale High School, New Performance Space, New Brighton, Minnesota
  • Lake Nokomis Community School, Keewaydin Campus, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Performance Space Assessment Report for 52 Performance Spaces, Minnesota
  • Monticello High School, Theatre Systems Upgrade, Minnesota
  • Monticello Middle School, Theatre Systems Upgrade, Minnesota
  • Olympic College, College Instruction Center and William D. Harvey Theatre, Bremerton, Washington
  • Patrick Henry High School, Study and Retrofit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Presidio Theater Renovation, San Francisco, California
  • Qualcomm Building Q, Lecture Hall, San Diego, California
  • Qualcomm Pacific Center Campus Development, Amenities Building, San Diego, California
  • Ramsey Middle School and Marcy Open School, Retrofit of Theatrical Equipment, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rancho Campana High School, Oxnard, California
  • Robbinsdale Middle School, Theatrical Equipment Report, Minnesota
  • Roosevelt High School, Auditorium Remodel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Center, San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center and Veterans Building, San Francisco, California
  • Shakopee High School, Auditorium, Minnesota
  • St. Croix Central High School, Hammond, Wisconsin
  • St. Francis School District, Theatrical Equipment Upgrade, Minnesota
  • Valley View Middle School, Theatrical Equipment Upgrade, St Francis, Minnesota
  • Waseca High School, Auditorium, Minnesota
  • Westonka High School, New Auditorium, Mound, Minnesota
  • Xishuangbanna International Resort, The Dai Show Theatre, China
Education
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Scenic Technology
  • Bachelor of Science, Indiana University, Music
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Theatre Consultants