Grace Gavin Rhodes, ASTC

Grace brings international experience in professional theatre and fine arts to her consulting work.  She has worked as a theatre consultant on a variety of projects ranging from historic renovations and regional multi-purpose rooms to large multi-venue performing arts complexes throughout the world.

Grace spent 12 years with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander before departing in 2008 when her family relocated first to Europe and then to San Antonio, Texas.  She rejoined the firm in 2017.  In the interim, Grace worked for the US Army in Europe and for a theatrical contracting firm where she supervised the project management team and managed the company’s large scale projects including the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, Charleston’s Gaillard Center and the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium. Her previous experience includes two years in Asia where she lectured on stage lighting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, as well as designing performance lighting and consulting on the design of theatre lighting systems throughout the region.  As a theatre professional, Grace has worked at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Seoul Arts Centre, La Jolla Playhouse, Minneapolis New Theatre, Syracuse Stage and New York’s Henry Street Settlement Theatre.

Project Experience
  • American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth and Space, Hayden Planetarium, New York, New York
  • Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado
  • Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Carnegie Hall, Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, New York, New York
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Purnell Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Columbus State University, Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Georgia
  • Hard Rock Cafés, Memphis, Tennessee and New York, New York
  • Hard Rock Live!, Orlando, Florida
  • Hope Presbyterian Church, Cordova, Tennessee
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Renovation, Baltimore, Maryland
  • LaGrange Performing Arts Center, LaGrange, Georgia
  • MGM CityCenter, Cirque du Soleil Viva ELVIS™ Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Morehouse College, Music and Drama Facility, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oldham Theatre, Feasibility Study, Sparta, Tennessee
  • Petrosains Discovery Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Creative and Performing Arts School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Purdue University, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • The Juilliard School, Drama Division Studio, New York, New York
  • The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York, New York
  • The Venetian Macao, ZAIA™ for Cirque du Soleil, Macau, China
  • United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Texas, Austin, Performing Arts Center and Bass Concert Hall Renovation
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • West Kowloon Cultural District Competition, Hong Kong, China
  • World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, Signature Theatre through Schematic Design phase, New York, New York
  • Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, graduated with honors
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mount Holyoke College, graduated with honors
Professional Affiliations

American Society of Theatre Consultants, Board Member 2018-2020

Professional Activities
  • Faculty, Lecturer of Lighting Design, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1994-1996
  • Visiting Instructor, Indiana University, lecturing in stage lighting and theatre consulting, 1993