Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC) began a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary with a cocktail party on 42nd Street in New York City in the Penthouse Lobby at the American Airlines Theatre on January 15. More than 250 guests attended the event, including architects, theatre and entertainment professionals, TPC clients (both past and present), acousticians, theatre consultants, TPC alumni, media, and friends and family.

Speeches and toasts were made by Emmy- and Tony Award-winning set and costume designer Tony Walton, theatre architect Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration, and Richard Pilbrow, TPC founder and chairman emeritus.

“Richard led the way in re-alerting us to the natural organic development of performance spaces throughout history, and campaigned — and is continuing to campaign — for theatres in which, no matter how big the building, performers and their audiences are all connected in as intimate and embracing a relationship as can be achieved,” said Walton.

TPC was the theatre design consultant for the renovation of the American Airlines Theatre (formerly the Selwyn Theatre), which reopened in 2000 and is now home to the Roundabout Theatre Company.