Steven Friedlander, ASTC, MIES

Steve brings enthusiasm and his broad experience in theatre production and design to his work at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander.  His thirty years of theatre consulting experience includes a wide range of projects in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.  Steve was named president of the firm in 2014 and leads many major projects from programming through construction as well as overseeing the operation of the firm’s offices and development of staff.

Before moving exclusively into the theatre consulting profession, Steve spent more than fifteen years as a lighting designer and production manager, working extensively with ballet, opera and theatre companies in the United States and internationally.

Prior to joining Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Steve operated SFA, Inc., the theatre consulting firm he founded in New York.  Collaboration between his firm and Auerbach + Associates on the design of a show theatre for Celebrity Cruise Lines marked the beginning of the relationship which led to Steve joining firm in 1996 as the principal-in-charge of the New York office.

Selected Project Experience
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville, Facility Assessment and Planning Study, Kentucky
  • Al Habtoor City, La Perle by Dragone Theatre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 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
  • Atlanta Ballet, Programming and Concept Design, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Boston Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boston University, Production Center and Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fulton Street Development, Brooklyn, New York
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Richard B. Fisher Building, Harvey Theatre and Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York
  • Carnegie Hall, Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, New York, New York
  • Cyprus Cultural Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Emerson College, The Paramount Center, Cutler Majestic Theatre, and Tufte Performance and Production Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, Kamikaze Show, New York, New York
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Clubs, Various Locations
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
  • MGM CityCenter, HAZE Nightclub at Aria, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Princeton University, Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Purdue University, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Saenger Theatre, Renovation and Expansion, Pensacola, Florida
  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • South Hongqiao Theatre District, Shanghai, China
  • Sun Valley Music Pavilion, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Juilliard School, Drama Division Studio, New York, New York
  • The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York, New York
  • The Public Theater, New York, New York
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Woodruff Arts Center Renovation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Writers Theatre, Glencoe, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Boston University, College of Fine Arts, Technical Theatre and Lighting Design
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Theatre Consultants
  • United Scenic Artists Local #829 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology
  • League of Historic American Theatres
Professional Activities
  • Boston University, College of Fine Arts, Dean’s Advisory Board
  • Lecturer for a variety of organizations including the British Society of Theatre Consultants
  • Yale University’s School of Drama, Lecturer